Pelikan HRI2022: Combing EMCA and design

Pelikan presented a workshop at the 2022 HRI Conference.: “Reconfiguring HRI – Combining EMCA Interaction Analysis and Design.” as part of the Workshop Re-Configuring Human-Robot Interaction held in conjunction with the 16th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI ’22).


HRI research is currently dominated by experimental lab studies centered on individual users. Recent work has called for more critical and diverse approaches to studying robots as part of socio-technical systems. Studying robots in everyday interaction is a crucial step in this direction but requires suitable analytic methods. This paper presents ethnomethodology and conversation analysis (EMCA) as an approach that can deal with the contingencies of real world data, including instances that would typically be removed from experimental data. The paper highlights what types of questions the EMCA approach can raise and argues that for a true reconfiguration of HRI, EMCA video studies need to be embedded in ongoing design processes.

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