Why UX Research Matters for HRI: The Case of Tablets as Mediators

Jan de Wit, Laura Pijpers, Rianne van den Berghe, Emiel Krahmer, Paul Vogt

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Abstract

Many human-robot interaction systems involve a third component: a tablet, which can either be separate or integrated in the robot (as is the case in SoftBank Robotics' Pepper robot). Such a tablet can be used, for instance, to present information to the human user or to gain control over the robot's complex surroundings, by introducing a virtual environment as a substitute for interactions that would normally happen in the physical world. While such a tablet can potentially have a big impact on the usability of the entire system and affect the interaction between human and robot, it is often not explicitly included when evaluating the user experience of human-robot interaction. This paper describes a case study where three evaluation methods were combined in order to get a comprehensive overview of the user experience of an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS), consisting of a robot and a tablet. The results show several major usability issues with the virtual environment, which could have affected the experience of interacting with the robot. This underlines the importance of including not only the robot itself, but also any other interaction mediators in an iterative design process.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
EventThe Challenges of Working on Social Robots that Collaborate with People. - ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2019), Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 2019 → …

Workshop

WorkshopThe Challenges of Working on Social Robots that Collaborate with People.
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period4/05/19 → …

Keywords

  • Autonomous robots
  • User centered design
  • Design methodology
  • Human-Robot Interaction

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    de Wit, J., Pijpers, L., van den Berghe, R., Krahmer, E., & Vogt, P. (2019). Why UX Research Matters for HRI: The Case of Tablets as Mediators. Paper presented at The Challenges of Working on Social Robots that Collaborate with People., Glasgow, United Kingdom.