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Choice Of Robot Companion Depends On Personality Type

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February 28, 2008
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University of Hertfordshire
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The type of robot chosen as a personal companion depends very much on their personality type. People with more extrovert personalities tend to choose more humanoid robots, which have a greater resemblance to humans, with facial features and a human-like voice, whereas more introverted people tend to prefer mechanical-looking robots, more like a box on wheels with a metal head.

Mick Walters with his "social companion."
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The type of robot chosen as a personal companion by participants at the University of Hertfordshire Science and Technology Research Institute’s (STRI) Showcase is likely to depend very much on their personality type.

People with more extrovert personalities tend to choose more humanoid robots, which have a greater resemblance to humans, with facial features and a human-like voice, whereas more introverted people tend to prefer mechanical-looking robots, more like a box on wheels with a metal head.

This is a recent finding from Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn’s team at the university’s School of Computer Science, who took the robot out of the laboratory last year and had it living in a house nearby so that they could observe how it interacted with humans.

A member of the team, Dr Mick Walters conducted his PhD project on the investigation of people’s perceptions of different robot appearances and an assessment of how they would like to be approached by the robot and in what manner.

“Our research allowed us to identify two broad demographics of people who have preferences,” said Dr Walters. “It seems that there are those who prefer an unobtrusive robot and then others who want a cheerier presence.”

“After years of investigating Human Robot Interaction with hundreds of participants, we have looked at proxemics, an area which has not been studied before, and condensed all of this information into an empirical framework,” added Professor Dautenhahn. “Also, rather than producing a robot and then finding an application for it, we have involved people in the development of these People Bots right from the start.”


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