Robots can defuse high-intensity conflict situations

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This paper investigates the specific scenario of high-intensity confrontations between humans and robots, to understand how robots can defuse the conflict. It focuses on the effectiveness of using five different affective expression modalities as main drivers for defusing the conflict. The aim is to discover any strengths or weaknesses in using each modality to mitigate the hostility that people feel towards a poorly performing robot. The defusing of the situation is accomplished by making the robot better at acknowledging the conflict and by letting it express remorse. To facilitate the tests, we used a custom affective robot in a simulated conflict situation with 105 test participants. The results show that all tested expression modalities can successfully be used to defuse the situation and convey an acknowledgment of the confrontation. The ratings were remarkably similar, but the movement modality was different (ANON p<.05) than the other modalities. The test participants also had similar affective interpretations on how impacted the robot was of the confrontation across all expression modalities. This indicates that defusing a highintensity interaction may not demand special attention to the expression abilities of the robot, but rather require attention to the abilities of being socially aware of the situation and reacting in accordance with it.
Bidragets oversatte titelRobots can defuse high-intensity conflict situations
TitelProceedings of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Antal sider8
Publikationsdato25 okt. 2020
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-7281-6211-9/20
StatusUdgivet - 25 okt. 2020
Begivenhed2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - Las Vegas, Las Vegas, USA
Varighed: 25 okt. 202024 dec. 2020


Konference2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
LokationLas Vegas
ByLas Vegas


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