Identifying nonverbal cues for automated human-robot turn-taking

E. Calisgan, A. Haddadi, H. F.M. Van Der Loos, J. A. Alcazar, E. A. Croft

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Nonverbal communication cues play an important role in human-human interaction and are expected to take a similar role in human-robot collaboration. In current industrial practice, human-robot turn-taking is explicitly human controlled, via a command channel such as switch or button. However, such a master-slave approach does not permit collaborative interaction, and requires the human to focus on both controlling the robot's behavior and on the task, thereby affecting overall performance. In this paper, implicit, nonverbal communication cues are examined as a non-explicit communication channel during a turn-taking task context. The aim of this study is to characterize the types and frequencies of nonverbal cues important to regulating turn taking during an assembly-task-type collaboration. This analysis will guide the selection of cues that can be expressed by the robot as implicit user inputs while human and robot complete a shared task.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 IEEE RO-MAN
Subtitle of host publicationThe 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE/RSJ International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication 2012 - Paris, France
Duration: 9 Sept 201213 Sept 2012
Conference number: 21st (Proceedings)


ConferenceIEEE/RSJ International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication 2012
Abbreviated titleRO-MAN 2012
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