How do politeness strategies and cultural aspects affect robot acceptance and anthropomorphization across native speakers of English and Arabic? Previous work in cross-cultural HRI studies has mostly focused on Western and East Asian cultures. In contrast, Middle Eastern attitudes and perceptions of robot assistants are a barely researched topic. We… (More)
Achieving homophily, or association based on similarity, between a human user and a robot holds a promise of improved perception and task performance. However, no previous studies that address homophily via ethnic similarity with robots exist. In this paper, we discuss the difficulties of evoking ethnic cues in a robot, as opposed to a virtual agent, and an… (More)
Robot-Mediated Interviews: Do robots possess advantages over human interviewers when talking to children with special needs?
We present a study involving 160 participants investigating the effect of associating professional status and ethnicity with an agent by manipulating its appearance, language, and level of education. We aim to discern perceptions of status and ethnicity with respect to participants' cultural background by inviting participants from two different cultural… (More)
As social robots begin to enter our lives as providers of information, assistance, companionship, and motivation, it becomes increasingly important that these robots are capable of interacting effectively with human users across different cultural settings worldwide. A key capability in establishing acceptance and usability is the way in which robots… (More)