HRI – "In the wild” In Rural India: A Feasibility Study

Deshmukh, A. , Krishna, S., Akshay, N., Vilvanathan, V., J. V., S. and Bhavani, R. R. (2018) HRI – "In the wild” In Rural India: A Feasibility Study. 13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI 2018), Chicago, IL, USA, 5-8 March 2018.

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This work was conducted to investigate the technological acceptance and social perception of a robot helper in a rural context. A feasibility study was carried out in a rural village in India with 11 participants with a water carrying task for the robot. A strong cultural influence was found in terms of gender perception of the robot, most participants perceived the robot’s gender as a female despite of the robot having a male’s voice. The overall social perception and usefulness of the robot was observed to be positive. We report some initial results and also some practical and logistical challenges while running such studies “in the wild” with rural subjects in this paper.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Deshmukh, Dr Amol
Authors: Deshmukh, A., Krishna, S., Akshay, N., Vilvanathan, V., J. V., S., and Bhavani, R. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
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