Robots that navigate around people must be able to follow human social conventions in order to for non-roboticists to understand and predict the robot's motion. In order to improve social robot navigation, then, we must understand what conventions people use. This paper presents preliminary results from an observational study of older adults walking together, describes how these findings can be applied to a social robot, and concludes by discussing the multidisciplinary nature of this research.
Subjects: 17. Robotics; 6. Computer-Human Interaction
Submitted: Jan 17, 2007