Experimental designs for cross-cultural interactions: A case study on affective body movements for HRI

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Culture is not the first aspect that comes to mind when discussing human robot interaction. But our cultural upbringing does to a large degree influence our patterns of behavior and interpretation. Thus, culture is present in the development of robotic systems right from the start, unconsciously influencing
how robots look like, what we envision with them to do, and how they are programmed to interact with the user. In this paper we argue that is is beneficial to make this unconscious influence explicit and take it into account during the development (and evaluation). To this end we present a principled approach
of capturing various cultural influences during the development process and exemplify this approach with a case study of affective body movements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 12th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids)
Number of pages6
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)9781467313674
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-1368-1, 978-1-4673-1369-8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventIEEE/RAS Humanoids 2012 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: 29 Nov 20121 Dec 2012


ConferenceIEEE/RAS Humanoids 2012
SeriesIEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots


  • HRI
  • Affective Body Movement
  • Culture Aware Technology
  • Humanoid Robot


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