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A technology demonstrator is one thing but having people use a technology is another , and the result reported here is that people often ignore our lovingly crafted handiwork. The SERA project-Social Engagement with Robots and Agents-was set up to look explicitly at what happens when a robot companion is put in someone's home. Even if things worked(More)
The goal of this workshop is to address the darker side of HCI by examining how computers sometimes bring about the expression of negative emotions. In particular, we are interested in the phenomenon of human beings abusing computers. Such behavior can take many forms, ranging from the verbal abuse of conversational agents to physical attacks on the(More)
Companions as interfaces to smart rooms need not only to be easy to interact with, but also to maintain long-term relationships with their users. The FP7-funded project SERA (Social Engagement with Robots and Agents) contributes to knowledge about and modeling of such relationships. One focal activity is an iterative field study to collect real-life(More)
Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in the implications and applications of emotional behaviour in the human-computer interface (Picard 1997). In particular, research has focused on interactive systems involving visual and/or vocal modes of communication, where the user and/or the system may exhibit both positive and negative expressive behaviour(More)
Artificial agents of many kinds increasingly intrude into the human sphere. SatNavs, help systems, automatic telephone answering systems, and even robotic vacuum cleaners are positioned to do more than exist on the sidelines as potential tools. These devices, intentionally or not, often act in a way that intrudes into our social life. Virtual assistants pop(More)
The SERA project put " robot rabbits " in older peoples homes and recorded what happened. The challenge is now to use that data to develop better rabbits, but how? We are currently working on a methodology for distilling this data down into explanatory narratives, but in the mean time we are working on the idea that the essential nature of the SERA(More)
one copy of any article(s) in SHURA to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. Abstract. Search and rescue operations often require complex coordination of a range of resources, including human and robotic(More)
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