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Showing Robots how to Follow People Using a Broomstick Interface

Robots are poised to enter our everyday environments such as our homes and offices, contexts that present unique questions such as the style of the robot’s actions. Style-oriented characteristics are difficult to define programmatically, a problem that is particularly prominent for a robot’s interactive behaviors, those that must react accordingly to dynamic actions of people. In this paper, we present a technique for programming the style of how a robot should follow a person by demonstration, such that non-technical designers and users can directly create the style of following using their existing skill sets. We envision that simple physical interfaces like ours can be used by non-technical people to design the style of a wide range of robotic behaviors.

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James E. Young, Kentaro Ishii, Takeo Igarashi, and Ehud Sharlin. Showing robots how to follow people using a broomstick interface. In Adjunct Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2010, Late-Breaking Reports. HRI LBA '10. 133-134, ACM/IEEE.

Bibtext Entry

@inproceedings{Young:2010:SRF,
author = {Young, James E. and Ishii, Kentaro and Igarashi, Takeo and Sharlin, Ehud},
title = {Showing robots how to follow people using a broomstick interface},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction},
series = {HRI '10},
year = {2010},
isbn = {978-1-4244-4893-7},
location = {Osaka, Japan},
pages = {133--134},
numpages = {2},
url = {http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1734454.1734508},
acmid = {1734508},
publisher = {IEEE Press},
address = {Piscataway, NJ, USA},
keywords = {human-robot interaction, programming by demonstration}
}

Authors

James E.Young

James E.Young

Associate Professor

As well as: Takeo Igarashi, Ehud Sharlin, and Kentaro Ishii