Robots that Enhance Human-to-Human Interactions
Successful teams consist of members who discuss ideas in a constructive manner, who feel free to openly discuss their mistakes and errors, and who are sensitive to and aware of the emotions expressed by their team members. As members
of human-robot teams, robots have the ability to shape human-to-human interactions in ways that can benefit team dynamics and performance. Through several human-subject experiments, our work has investigated the ability of
robots to shape several key team dynamics that have been established by the literature to critically influence team performance: trust (HRI’18, PNAS’20), cohesion (RO-MAN’16), and inclusion (HRI’20).
Strohkorb Sebo, S., Traeger, M., Jung, M., & Scassellati, B. (2018). The Ripple Effects of Vulnerability: The Effects of a Robot's Vulnerable Behavior on Trust in Human-Robot Teams.
In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot
Interaction (HRI 2018).
Traeger, M. L., Strohkorb Sebo, S., Jung, M., Scassellati, B., & Christakis, N. A. (2020). Vulnerable Robots Positively Shape Human Conversational Dynamics in a Human-Robot Team.
In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Strohkorb Sebo, S., Dong, L. L., Chang, N., & Scassellati, B. (2020). Strategies for the Inclusion of Human Members within Human-Robot Teams. In
Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2020).
Strohkorb, S., Fukuto, E., Warren, N., Taylor, C., Berry, B., & Scassellati, B. (2016). Improving Human-Human Collaboration between Children with a Social Robot.
In Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Robot
and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2016).