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Issue No.02 - March/April (2007 vol.22)
pp: 25-32
Masahiro Shiomi , Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International-Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories
Takayuki Kanda , Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International-Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories
Hiroshi Ishiguro , Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International-Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories
Norihiro Hagita , Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International-Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories
ABSTRACT
This article reports on a field trial with four interactive humanoid robots at a science museum where visitors are encouraged to study and develop an interest in science. Participating visitors wore RFID tags touring the museum's exhibits. The trial system used information obtained from the RFID tags to direct the robots' autonomous interactions with the visitors. The interactions included gestures and utterances resembling the free play of children. The robots also guided visitors around several exhibits and explained the exhibits on the basis of sensor information. Visitors gave the robots good evaluations during a two-month trial. Another experiment during the field trial compared in detail effects of exhibit-guiding and free-play interaction under three operating conditions. The results revealed that the combination of free-play interaction and exhibit-guiding positively affected visitors' experiences at the science museum. This article is part of a special issue on Interacting with Autonomy.
INDEX TERMS
robotics, field trial, interactive robot, intelligent systems, science museum
CITATION
Masahiro Shiomi, Takayuki Kanda, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Norihiro Hagita, "Interactive Humanoid Robots for a Science Museum", IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol.22, no. 2, pp. 25-32, March/April 2007, doi:10.1109/MIS.2007.37
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