Robot Vacuum Cleaner Personality and Behavior

Bram Hendriks*, Bernt Meerbeek, Stella Boess, Steffen Pauws, Marieke Sonneveld

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In this paper we report our study on the user experience of robot vacuum cleaner behavior. How do people want to experience this new type of cleaning appliance? Interviews were conducted to elicit a desired robot vacuum cleaner personality. With this knowledge in mind, behavior was designed for a future robot vacuum cleaner. A video prototype was used to evaluate how people experienced the behavior of this robot vacuum cleaner. The results indicate that people recognized the intended personality in the robot behavior. We recommend using a personality model as a tool for developing robot behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Social Robotics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Robot vacuum cleaner
  • User experience
  • Personality
  • Behavior


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