Dancing droids: An expressive layer for mobile robots developed within choreographic practice

Ishaan Pakrasi, Novoneel Chakraborty, Catie Cuan, Erin Berl, Wali Rizvi, Amy LaViers

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In viewing and interacting with robots in social settings, users attribute character traits to the system. This attribution often occurs by coincidence as a result of past experiences, and not by intentional design. This paper presents a flexible, expressive prototype that augments an existing mobile robot platform in order to create intentional attribution through a previously developed design methodology, resulting in an altered perception of the non-anthropomorphic robotic system. The prototype allows customization through five modalities: customizable eyes, a simulated breath motion, movement, color, and form. Initial results with human subject audience members show that, while participants found the robot likable, they did not consider it anthropomorphic. Moreover, individual viewers saw shifts in perception according to performer interactions. Future work will leverage this prototype to modulate the reactions viewers might have to a mobile robot in a variety of environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 10th International Conference, ICSR 2018, Proceedings
EditorsElizabeth Broadbent, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Miguel A. Salichs, Álvaro Castro-González, Hongsheng He, John-John Cabibihan, Alan R. Wagner
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030052034
StatePublished - 2018
Event10th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2018 - Qingdao, China
Duration: Nov 28 2018Nov 30 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11357 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other10th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2018


  • Household robots
  • Human robot interaction
  • Robot characters
  • Robot performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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