Emotionally Expressive Robot Behavior Improves Human-Robot Collaboration

Jekaterina Novikova, Leon Watts, Tetsunari Inamura

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In order to improve human-robot collaboration, it is necessary to consider how robots may be able to act in a way that is understandable to the people with whom they are working. This paper presents a preliminary experimental human-robot collaboration study with 10 human subjects. The paper analyzes the effect of a robot’s emotionally expressive non-verbal behavior on human-robot teamwork. The study was modeled and performed in the immersive simulator SIGVerse. The findings of the study reveal that embodied emotional expressiveness improves the integration of human-robot activity. The results of the study show that embodied expressiveness increases the duration of the activities that have a positive value for the collaborative task. The embodied expressiveness also has a significant influence on the distance between human-robot collaborators.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventIEEE RO-MAN 2015 - Japan, Kobe, Japan
Duration: 31 Aug 20154 Sept 2015


ConferenceIEEE RO-MAN 2015


  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • SIGVerse
  • Collaboration


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