Movement and Personality (05-07-20)

Knight, Agnihotri, Chan, and Hedaoo determined that we can correctly infer a robot’s personality based on the way that it moves.  The team’s work focused on a robot vacuum cleaners and found that with no knowledge of the planned-in, “intended” robot personalities “people can correctly infer a robot’s personality solely by how it moves. . . . study participants also discerned intelligence from robot motion behaviors. . . . robot personality can influence engagement and trust. . . . [researchers] equipped a Neato Botvac vacuum cleaning robot with movement patterns inspired by the personalities of Happy, Sleepy and Grumpy [from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs]. . . . ‘The Happy robot sought people out with smooth motions at moderate speed. The Sleepy robot also sought people out, but with delays and slower accelerations. The Grumpy robot avoided people while using erratic motions and a range of velocities’ [quote attributed to Knight]. . . . participants rated Grumpy as the least polite and least friendly, whereas Happy upheld reputation by being rated the friendliest and smartest. Happy and Sleepy were together deemed most polite, though their rating was just above neutral.”

“Robot Vacuum Cleaner Conveys Seven Dwarf Personalities By Movement Alone.”  2020.  Press release, Oregon State University, https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/robot-vacuum-cleaner-conveys-seven-dw...