A Methodology to Assess the Acceptability of Human-Robot Collaboration Using Virtual Reality

Abstract : Robots are becoming more and more present in our everyday life: they are already used for domestic tasks, for companionship activities, and soon they will be used to assist humans and collaborate with them in their work. Human-robot collaboration has already been studied in the industry, for ergonomics and efficiency purposes, but more from a safety than from an acceptability point of view. In this work, we focused on how people perceive robots in a collaboration task and we proposed to use virtual reality as a simulation environment to test different parameters, by making users collaborate with virtual robots. A simple use case was implemented to compare different robot appearances and different robot movements. Questionnaires and physiological measures were used to assess the acceptability level of each condition with a user study. The results showed that the perception of robot movements depended on robot appearance and that a more anthropomorphic robot, both in its appearance and movements, was not necessarily better accepted by the users in a collaboration task. Finally, this preliminary use case was also the opportunity to guarantee the relevance of using such a methodology -- based on virtual reality, questionnaires and physiological measures --for future studies.
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Vincent Weistroffer, Alexis Paljic, Lucile Callebert, Philippe Fuchs. A Methodology to Assess the Acceptability of Human-Robot Collaboration Using Virtual Reality. 19th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, Oct 2013, Singapour, Singapore. pp.39-48, ⟨10.1145/2503713.2503726⟩. ⟨hal-00875775⟩

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