Imran Fanaswala

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Hala is a bilingual (Arabic and English) culturally-sensitive robot receptionist located at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. We report results from Hala's deployment by comparing her English dialogue corpus to that of a similar monolingual robot (named "Tank") located at CMU's Pittsburgh campus. Specifically, we compare the average number of turns per(More)
T he way people interact with robots appears to be fundamentally different from how they interact with most other technologies. People tend to ascribe a level of intelligence and sociability to robots that influences their perceptions of how the interactions should proceed. If a robot, for its part, adheres to this ascription, then the interactions tend to(More)
HRI studies in a Middle Eastern environment are subject to nuances and subtleties. This study explores the nature of interactions, in an uncontrolled environment, between a permanently deployed bi-lingual robot-receptionist and interlocutors of varied native tongues. We correlate an interlocutor's native language with their propensity for accepting an(More)
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