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How to Walk a Robot

How to Walk a Robot

A Dog-Leash Human-Robot Interface

Human-robot interaction (HRI) tasks in everyday environments will require people to direct or lead a robot as they walk in close proximity to it. Tasks that exemplify this interaction include a robotic porter, carrying heavy suitcases, or a robot carrying groceries. As many users may not be robotics experts, we argue that such interaction schemes must be accessible, easy to use and understand. In this paper, we present a dog-leash interface that enables a person to lead a robot simply by holding the leash, following a dog-leash interaction metaphor. We introduce variants on dog-leash robotic interaction, present our original interface implementation, and detail our formal qualitative evaluation, exploring how users perceive and accept the dog leash robotic interaction.

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Project Publications

An Exploratory Study on Joystick-Based Directing Interfaces for a Collocated Robot

Self Published, University of Manitoba Technical report. Number forthcoming.

How to Walk A Robot: A Dog-Leash Human-Robot Interface

James E. Young, Youichi Kamiyama, Juliane Reichenbach, Takeo Igarashi, and Ehud Sharlin. How to Walk A Robot: A Dog-Leash Human-Robot Interface. In proceedings of the IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2011, RO-MAN 2011, Altanta, US, July 31-Aug 3, 2011. IEEE


James E.Young

James E.Young


As well as: Takeo Igarashi, Ehud Sharlin, Youichi Kamiyama, and Juliane Reichenbach