Collective Behavior Provided by Tele-operated and Bystander Robots Enhances the Social Telepresence of a Distant Interlocutor

Tsunehiro ARIMOTO  Yuichiro YOSHIKAWA  Hiroshi ISHIGURO  

Publication
D - Abstracts of IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems (Japanese Edition)   Vol.J101-D   No.2   pp.253-262
Publication Date: 2018/02/01
Online ISSN: 1881-0225
DOI: 
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Human Communication)
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Keyword: 
telecommunication system,  tele-operated robot,  social presence,  bystander robot,  

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Summary: 
In this study, we propose a novel tele-operated robot system accompanied by autonomous bystander robots. In the proposed system, the bystander robot can respond to the dialog participant instead of tele-operated robot, and also to the tele-operated robot so that the actions of the tele-operated robot, which potentially look irrational due to the difficulty in the automatic generation, look rational. Through psychological experiments comparing dialog via a tele-operated robot versus one with the proposed bystander robot, it is reported that the dialog participant can feel the stronger sense of social telepresence of the distant interlocutor in the latter one.