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In order to facilitate integration into domestic and public environments, companion robots can seek to communicate in a familiar, “socially intelligent” manner, recognizing typical behaviors which people direct toward them. One important type of behavior to recognize is the displaying and seeking of affection, which is fundamentally associated(More)
People like to play, and robotic technology offers the opportunity to interact with artifacts in new ways. Robots co-existing with humans in domestic and public environments are expected to behave as companions, also engaging in playful interaction. If a robot is small, we foresee that people will want to be able to pick it up and express their intentions(More)
Problematic is how such a robot should best fly around humans, and what effect a robot's flight will have on a person in terms of non-verbal communicative cues. To answer these questions, we propose an extension to existing proxemics theory (" z-proxemics ") and predict how typical humanoid flight motions will be perceived (" z-kinesics "). Data obtained(More)
To be accepted as a part of our everyday lives, companion robots will require the capability to communicate socially, recognizing people's behavior and responding appropriately. In particular, we hypothesized that a humanoid robot especially should be able to recognize affectionate touches conveying liking or dislike, because the humanoid form elicits(More)
Activity recognition, involving a capability to recognize people's behavior and its underlying significance, will play a crucial role in facilitating the integration of interactive robotic artifacts into everyday human environments. In particular, social intelligence in recognizing affectionate behavior will offer value by allowing companion robots to bond(More)
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