A survey of socially interactive robots

February 10, 2009 — Leave a comment

by Terrence Fong a,b,∗, Illah Nourbakhsh a, Kerstin Dautenhahn c

a The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
b Institut de production et robotique, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
c Department of Computer Science, The University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK


This paper reviews “socially interactive robots”: robots for which social human–robot interaction is important. We begin by discussing the context for socially interactive robots, emphasizing the relationship to other research fields and the different
forms of “social robots”. We then present a taxonomy of design methods and system components used to build socially interactive robots. Finally, we describe the impact of these robots on humans and discuss open issues.

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