Best Poster Extended Abstract Award

Certificate for Best Poster Extended Abstract Award. Details in text following the image

Certificate for Best Poster Extended Abstract Award

The award has been conferred to
Ulrich Farhadi, Troels Aske Klausen, Jonas Jørgensen and Evgenios Vlachos
(University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

Ulrich Farhadi

for the poster entitled

"Exploring the Interaction Kinesics of a Soft Social Robot"

Presented in the context of
HCI International 2022
26 June—1 July 2022

Poster Abstract
"In this pilot study, we explore the kinesics of a non-humanoid pneumatically actuated soft robot developed for social human-robot interaction (HRI). The robot uses motion and gesture to communicate: it can tilt; expand; and perform movements reminiscent of breathing. To explore the robot’s kinesics, we hand-coded 8 movement presets intended to represent a specific action, internal state/emotion, or pattern of motion: greeting; avoid; breathless; joyful; alarming; jellyfish; frighten; sigh. We then conducted an online survey where participants (N = 59) chose words to describe their perception of each preset behavior. Semantic analysis of word choices indicates that the intended meaning was conveyed to users for most of the presets. Analysis of the general comments with text mining techniques showed that the robot was perceived as resembling an animal-like sea creature or a human body part (lungs, belly, or heart) and as communicating distinct emotional states. The results indicate that it is possible to communicate with a user solely through soft robotic movement, and suggest that soft robotics has applications within the design of affective interfaces and social robotics."

The full poster is available through SpringerLink, provided that you have proper access rights.