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ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction

We are pleased to announce the publication of Volume 9, Issue 3, June 2020.

June 2020

Robot-Centric Perception of Human Groups
Angelique Taylor, Darren M. Chan, Laurel D. Riek
Abstract: The robotics community continually strives to create robots that are deployable in real-world environments. Often, robots are expected to interact with human groups. To achieve this goal, we introduce a new method, the Robot-Centric Group Estimation ...

The Robot Makers: An Ethnography of Anthropomorphism at a Robotics Company
Bohkyung Chun, Heather Knight
Abstract: This article is an ethnographic exploration of robot anthropomorphism at a robotics company. It draws on a 10-month participatory ethnography among a robotics company, an anthropologist, and a social robotics research lab. In contrast to psychological ...

Personality Traits for a Social Mediator Robot Encouraging Elderly Self-Disclosure on Loss Experiences
Yohei Noguchi, Hiroko Kamide, Fumihide Tanaka
Abstract: To prevent elderly people from being socially isolated, encouraging their self-disclosure takes an important role. We discuss a use case of social robots in which they are deployed as mediators for humans that intermediate remote communication between ...

Laying the Groundwork for Intra-Robotic-Natural Limb Coordination: Is Fully Manual Control Viable?
Jacob W. Guggenheim, Federico Parietti, Tamar Flash, H. Harry Asada
Abstract: Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) have been successfully applied in bracing and as an assistive technology for people with disabilities. These tasks only require perception internal to the SRL-human system. However, SRLs show promise in applications ...

Robot Errors in Proximate HRI: How Functionality Framing Affects Perceived Reliability and Trust
Auriel Washburn, Akanimoh Adeleye, Thomas An, Laurel D. Riek
Abstract: Advancements within human–robot interaction generate increasing opportunities for proximate, goal-directed joint action (GDJA). However, robot errors are common and researchers must determine how to mitigate them. In this article, we examine how ...

Challenges in Designing a Fully Autonomous Socially Assistive Robot for People with Parkinson’s Disease
Jason R. Wilson, Linda Tickle-Degnen, Matthias Scheutz
Abstract: Assistive robots are becoming an increasingly important application platform for research in robotics, AI, and HRI, as there is a pressing need to develop systems that support the elderly and people with disabilities, with a clear path to market. Yet, ...

A Conversational Robot for Older Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease
Chloé Pou-Prom, Stefania Raimondo, Frank Rudzicz
Abstract: Amid the rising cost of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), assistive health technologies can reduce care-giving burden by aiding in assessment, monitoring, and therapy. This article presents a pilot study testing the feasibility and effect of a conversational ...

ACM THRI welcomes contributions from across HRI and Robotics. For details on the journal, information for authors, and upcoming Special Issues, please visit the ACM THRI website:

Odest Chadwicke Jenkins
Selma Sabanovic
ACM THRI Editors-in-Chief

James Young, University of Manitoba
ACM THRI Managing Editor

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