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This paper reports on a field trial with interactive humanoid robots at a science museum where visitors are supposed to study and develop an interest in science. In the trial, each visitor wore an RFID tag while looking around the museum's exhibits. Information obtained from the RFID tags was used to direct the robots' interaction with the visitors. The(More)
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(More)
This paper reports a method that uses humanoid robots as a communication medium. There are many interactive robots under development, but due to their limited perception, their interactivity is still far poorer than that of humans. Our approach in this paper is to limit robots' purpose to a non-interactive medium and to look for a way to attract people's(More)
This paper reports an initial field trial with a prototype of a semiautonomous communication robot at a train station. We developed an operator-requesting mechanism to achieve semiautonomous operation for a communication robot functioning in real environments. The operator-requesting mechanism autonomously detects situations that the robot cannot handle by(More)
For a robot providing services to people in a public space such as a train station or a shopping mall, it is important to distinguish potential customers, such as window-shoppers, from other people, such as busy commuters. In this paper, we present a series of techniques for anticipating people's behavior in a public space, mainly based on the analysis of(More)
— This study addresses a method to predict pedestrians' long term behavior in order to enable a robot to provide them services. In order to do that we want to be able to predict their final goal and the trajectory they will follow to reach it. We attain this task borrowing from human science studies the concept of sub-goals, defined as points and landmarks(More)
Tour guidance is a common task of social robots. Such a robot must be able to encourage the participation of people who are not directly interacting with it. We are particularly interested in encouraging people to overhear its interaction with others, since it has often been observed that even people who hesitate to interact with a robot are willing to(More)
For a robot providing services to people in a public space such as a shopping mall, it is important to distinguish potential customers, such as window shoppers, from other people, such as busy commuters. In this paper, we present a series of abstraction techniques for people's trajectories and a service framework for using these techniques in a social(More)
This paper reports our development of a communication robot for use in a shopping mall to provide shopping information, offer route guidance, and build rapport. In the development, the major difficulties included sensing human behaviors, conversation in a noisy daily environment, and the needs of unexpected miscellaneous knowledge in the conversation. We(More)
Assistive robots can be perceived in two main ways: tools or partners. In past research, assistive robots that offer physical assistance for the elderly are often designed in the context of a tool metaphor. This paper investigates the effect of two design considerations for assistive robots in a partner metaphor: <i>conversation</i> and <i>robot-type</i>.(More)