Beyond Mere Human-Robot Interaction

Malte Jung, Cornell University


Human-robot interaction research to date has been dominated by laboratory studies, largely examining a single human interacting with a single robot. This research has helped establish a fundamental understanding of human-robot interaction, how specific design choices affect interactions with robots, and how novel mechanisms or computational tools can be used to improve HRI. The predominant focus of this growing body of work, however, stands in stark contrast to the complex social contexts in which robots are increasingly placed. As a result, we have a limited understanding of how groups people will interact with robots and how robots will affect how people interact with each other in groups. I will provide an overview of recent research performed at Robots in Groups lab, which addresses questions about human-robot collaboration with groups of people.