MuCC Pelikan: How robot sounds are oriented to in everyday home interactions

Pelikan will be presenting at Mensch und Computer Conference 2019, Sept. 9, in Hamburg, Germany on: “A Stubborn Child” – How Robot Sounds are Oriented to in Everyday Situated Interaction at Home”. This will be part of a workshop on “Interacting with Robots and Virtual Agents? Robotic Systems in Situated Action and Social Encounters”


Humans make sense of robot actions in the situated context that these actions occur in. This paper takes a conversation analytic approach in studying how the social robot Cozmo is received in a family home, focusing on the non-lexical sounds that the robot uses to communicate. Preliminary findings suggest that participants treat the robot similar to a young child or pet and orient to the robot’s sounds in the local context of the interaction.

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