Kawaguchi, Ikkaku; Kuzuoka, Hideaki; Suzuki, Yuya; Nakao, Homare; Yamashita, Jun; Pitsch, Karola; Yamazaki, Keiichi:
Effect of Restarts and Pauses of a Robot's utterance on Drawing People's Attention
In: Transactions of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan, Vol. 13 (2009), No. 3, pp. 257 - 264
2009article/chapter in journal
Communication StudiesFaculty of Humanities » Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft
Title:
Effect of Restarts and Pauses of a Robot's utterance on Drawing People's Attention
Author:
Kawaguchi, Ikkaku; Kuzuoka, Hideaki; Suzuki, Yuya; Nakao, Homare; Yamashita, Jun; Pitsch, KarolaORCID iDLSF; Yamazaki, Keiichi
Year of publication:
2009

Abstract:

In this paper we consider the development of a museum guide robot that has both autonomous and remotely controlled features. We focus on the capabilities such a robot could have to help focus the attention of a visitor on an object or artefact. Inspired by studies of social interaction, which investigate whether the robot could deploy "restarts" and "pauses" at certain moments in its talk to first elicit the visitor's attention/gaze towards the robot. We report an experiment where we deployed such a robot to interact with real visitors to a science museum. These experiments show that such a strategy does seem to have a significant impact on obtaining the visitor's gaze.