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ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction

We are pleased to announce the publication of Volume 9, Issue 2, February 2020.

Current Issue

Toward Scalable Measures of Quality of Interaction: Motor Interference
Frank Förster, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Chrystopher L. Nehaniv
Abstract: Motor resonance, the activation of an observer’s motor control system by another actor’s movements, has been claimed to be an indicator for quality of interaction. Motor interference as one of the consequences of the presence of resonance can be ...

Trust-Aware Decision Making for Human-Robot Collaboration: Model Learning and Planning
Min Chen, Stefanos Nikolaidis, Harold Soh, David Hsu, Siddhartha Srinivasa
Abstract: Trust in autonomy is essential for effective human-robot collaboration and user adoption of autonomous systems such as robot assistants. This article introduces a computational model that integrates trust into robot decision making. Specifically, we ...

Results of Field Trials with a Mobile Service Robot for Older Adults in 16 Private Households
Markus Bajones, David Fischinger, Astrid Weiss, Paloma De La Puente, Daniel Wolf, Markus Vincze, Tobias Körtner, Markus Weninger, Konstantinos Papoutsakis, Damien Michel, Ammar Qammaz, Paschalis Panteleris, Michalis Foukarakis, Ilia Adami, Danae Ioannidi, Asterios Leonidis, Margherita Antona, Antonis Argyros, Peter Mayer, Paul Panek, Håkan Eftring, Susanne Frennert
Abstract: In this article, we present results obtained from field trials with the Hobbit robotic platform, an assistive, social service robot aiming at enabling prolonged independent living of older adults in their own homes. Our main contribution lies within the ...

Transparency about a Robot's Lack of Human Psychological Capacities: Effects on Child-Robot Perception and Relationship Formation
Caroline L. van Straten, Jochen Peter, Rinaldo Kühne, Alex Barco
Abstract: The increasing sophistication of social robots has intensified calls for transparency about robots’ machine nature. Initial research has suggested that providing children with information about robots’ mechanical status does not alter children's ...

Multimodal Physiological Signals for Workload Prediction in Robot-assisted Surgery
Tian Zhou, Jackie S. Cha, Glebys Gonzalez, Juan P. Wachs, Chandru P. Sundaram, Denny Yu
Abstract: Monitoring surgeon workload during robot-assisted surgery can guide allocation of task demands, adapt system interfaces, and assess the robotic system's usability. Current practices for measuring cognitive load primarily rely on questionnaires that are ...

Objective Assessment of Human Workload in Physical Human-robot Cooperation Using Brain Monitoring
Amirhossein H. Memar, Ehsan T. Esfahani
Abstract: The notions of safe and compliant interaction are not sufficient to ensure effective physical human-robot cooperation. To obtain an optimal compliant behavior (e.g., variable impedance/admittance control), assessment techniques are required to measure ...

Enhancement and Application of a UAV Control Interface Evaluation Technique: Modified GEDIS-UAV
Wenjuan Zhang, David Feltner, James Shirley, David Kaber, Manida S. Neubert
Abstract: UAV supervisory control interfaces are important for safe operations and mission performance. We reviewed existing UAV interface design and evaluation tools and identified limitations. To address issues with existing methods, we developed an enhanced ...

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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