Socially Distributed Perception: GRACE plays Social Tag at AAAI 2005

Marek Piotr Michalowski, Selma Sabanovic, Carl Francis DiSalvo, Didac Busquets Font, Laura M. Hiatt, Nicholas Melchior, and Reid Simmons
Autonomous Robots, Vol. 22, No. 4, May, 2007, pp. 385-397.


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Abstract
This paper presents a robot search task (social tag) that uses social interaction, in the form of asking for help, as an integral component of task completion. Socially distributed perception is defined as a robot? ability to augment its limited sensory capacities through social interaction. We describe the task of social tag and its implementation on the robot GRACE for the AAAI 2005 Mobile Robot Competition & Exhibition. We then discuss our observations and analyses of GRACE? performance as a situated interaction with conference participants. Our results suggest we were successful in promoting a form of social interaction that allowed people to help the robot achieve its goal. Furthermore, we found that different social uses of the physical space had an effect on the nature of the interaction. Finally, we discuss the implications of this design approach for effective and compelling human-robot interaction, considering its relationship to concepts such as dependency, mixed initiative, and socially distributed cognition.

Keywords
Social robotics, Human-robot interaction, Social situatedness, Socially distributed cognition, Mixed initiative, Observational analysis, Multidisciplinary design

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center and Quality of Life Technology Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Reliable Autonomous Systems Lab and Human-Robot Interaction Group
Associated Project(s): Social Robots and Grace
Number of pages: 13

Text Reference
Marek Piotr Michalowski, Selma Sabanovic, Carl Francis DiSalvo, Didac Busquets Font, Laura M. Hiatt, Nicholas Melchior, and Reid Simmons, "Socially Distributed Perception: GRACE plays Social Tag at AAAI 2005," Autonomous Robots, Vol. 22, No. 4, May, 2007, pp. 385-397.

BibTeX Reference
@article{Michalowski_2007_5766,
   author = "Marek Piotr Michalowski and Selma Sabanovic and Carl Francis DiSalvo and Didac {Busquets Font} and Laura M. Hiatt and Nicholas Melchior and Reid Simmons",
   title = "Socially Distributed Perception: GRACE plays Social Tag at AAAI 2005",
   journal = "Autonomous Robots",
   pages = "385-397",
   publisher = "Springer",
   month = "May",
   year = "2007",
   volume = "22",
   number = "4",
}