Studying Robots Outside the Lab: An Ethnography of HRI

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As more and more robots enter our social world there is a strong need for further field studies of human-robotic interaction. Based on a two-year ethnographic study of the implementation of the South Korean socially assistive robot in Danish elderly care this paper argues that empirical and ethnographic studies will enhance understandings of the dynamics of HRI. Furthermore, the paper emphasizes how users and the context of use matters to integration of robots, as it is shown how roboticists are unable to control how their designs are implemented in practice and that the sociality of social robots is inscribed by its users in social practice.

This paper can be seen as a contribution to studies of long-term HRI. It presents the challenges of robot adaptation in practice and discusses the limitations of the present conceptual understanding of human-robotic relations. The ethnographic data presented herein encourages a move away from static and linear descriptions of the implementation process toward more contextual and relational accounts of HRI.
Translated title of the contributionAt studere robotter udenfor laboratoriet: Et etnografisk studie af HRI
Original languageEnglish
Publication year12 Feb 2018
Number of pages4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Feb 2018
EventHRI 2018: The 13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction - McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, Chicago, United States
Duration: 5 Mar 20188 Mar 2018


ConferenceHRI 2018
LocationMcCormick Place in Chicago, IL
CountryUnited States
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