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Social Robots

Social robots play an increasingly important role in our world. Social robots are robots specifically designed to interact with humans, and already entered different domains such as healthcare, transportation, or care of the elderly.
In order to provide a profound theoretical basis for the design of social robots, our research considers their role as social beings, and the psychological rules that apply to the interaction between humans and robots. By drawing on relevant theory from social psychology, our studies explore determinants of liking, acceptance, trust or even over-trust.

Further reading

  • Ullrich, D., Diefenbach, S., Christoforakos, L., Surmava, T., & Quintes, C. (2019). Robotervertrauen: Eine Exploration vertrauensförderlicher Attribute der Robotergestaltung mittels Clusteranalyse. Mensch und Computer 2019-Workshopband. [Link]
  • Ullrich, D., Butz, A. & Diefenbach, S. (2018). Who do you follow? Social Robots' Impact on Human Judgment. Proceedings of the HRI 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 265-266). [Link] 
  • Ullrich, D. & Diefenbach, S. (2017). Truly Social Robots. Understanding Human-Robot Interaction From the Perspective of Social Psychology. In Proceedings of the 2017 HUCAPP International Conference on Human Computer Interaction Theory and Applications (pp. 39-45). Scitepress – Science and Technology Publications. [Link]
  • Ullrich, D., Diefenbach, S., & Butz, A. (2016). Murphy Miserable Robot: A Companion to Support Children's Well-being in Emotionally Difficult Situations. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 3234-3240). ACM. [Link]