An affective guide robot in a shopping mall

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An affective guide robot in a shopping mall
To explore possible robot tasks in daily life, we developed a guide robot for a shopping mall and conducted a field trial with it. The robot was designed to interact naturally with customers and to affectively provide shopping information. It was also designed to repeatedly interact with people to build a rapport; since a shopping mall is a place people repeatedly visit, it provides the chance to explicitly design a robot for multiple interactions. For this capability, we used RFID tags for person identification. The robot was semi-autonomous, partially controlled by a human operator, to cope with the difficulty of speech recognition in a real environment and to handle unexpected situations. A field trial was conducted at a shopping mall for 25 days to observe how the robot performed this task and how people interacted with it. The robot interacted with approximately 100 groups of customers each day. We invited customers to sign up for RFID tags and those who participated answered que...
Takayuki Kanda, Masahiro Shiomi, Zenta Miyashita,
Added 19 May 2010
Updated 19 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where HRI
Authors Takayuki Kanda, Masahiro Shiomi, Zenta Miyashita, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Norihiro Hagita
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