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Toward Perceiving Robots as Humans: Three Handshake Models Face the Turing-Like Handshake Test
Third Quarter 2012 (vol. 5 no. 3)
pp. 196-207
Guy Avraham, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Ilana Nisky, Stanford University, Stanford
Hugo L. Fernandes, Northwestern University Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Daniel E. Acuna, Northwestern University Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Konrad P. Kording, Northwestern University Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Gerald E. Loeb, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Amir Karniel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
In the Turing test a computer model is deemed to “think intelligently” if it can generate answers that are indistinguishable from those of a human. We developed an analogous Turing-like handshake test to determine if a machine can produce similarly indistinguishable movements. The test is administered through a telerobotic system in which an interrogator holds a robotic stylus and interacts with another party—artificial or human with varying levels of noise. The interrogator is asked which party seems to be more human. Here, we compare the human-likeness levels of three different models for handshake: 1) Tit-for-Tat model, 2) λ model, and 3) Machine Learning model. The Tit-for-Tat and the Machine Learning models generated handshakes that were perceived as the most human-like among the three models that were tested. Combining the best aspects of each of the three models into a single robotic handshake algorithm might allow us to advance our understanding of the way the nervous system controls sensorimotor interactions and further improve the human-likeness of robotic handshakes.

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Index Terms:
Humans,Muscles,Force,Computational modeling,Haptic interfaces,Robot sensing systems,Noise,turing test.,Handshake,sensorimotor control,psychophysics,teleoperation
Guy Avraham, Ilana Nisky, Hugo L. Fernandes, Daniel E. Acuna, Konrad P. Kording, Gerald E. Loeb, Amir Karniel, "Toward Perceiving Robots as Humans: Three Handshake Models Face the Turing-Like Handshake Test," IEEE Transactions on Haptics, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 196-207, Third Quarter 2012, doi:10.1109/TOH.2012.16
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