Perceptual Control Theory for Engagement and Disengagement of Users in Public Spaces

Deshmukh, A. , Foster, M. E. and Vinciarelli, A. (2017) Perceptual Control Theory for Engagement and Disengagement of Users in Public Spaces. In: 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2017), Vienna, Austria, 6-9 March 2017, pp. 105-106. ISBN 9781450348850 (doi: 10.1145/3029798.3038364)

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This paper presents Perceptual Control Theory-a model that explains behaviour as an attempt to keep sensory inputs in a desired range and demonstrates that it can be used to develop an approach designed to make robots capable of human interaction. In particular, we present an approach that embodies the most salient features of the theory through a feedback loop. This approach has been implemented on a Pepper robot, and a preliminary experiment has been performed by deploying the robot in the entrance hall of a university building. The results show that the robot effectively engages and disengages the attention of people in 43% and 39% of cases, respectively. This result has been obtained in a fully natural setting where people were unaware of being involved in an experiment and therefore behaved spontaneously.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This work was partially supported by the European Commission through its Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement No. 688147.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Deshmukh, Dr Amol and Foster, Dr Mary Ellen and Vinciarelli, Professor Alessandro
Authors: Deshmukh, A., Foster, M. E., and Vinciarelli, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
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701651MUMMERMary Ellen FosterEuropean Commission (EC)688147SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE