Replicating human-human physical interaction

Kyle B. Reed*, James Patton, Michael Peshkin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Machines might physically interact with humans more smoothly if we better understood the subtlety of humanhuman physical interaction. We recently reported that two people working cooperatively on a physical task will quickly negotiate an emergent strategy: typically subjects formed a temporal specialization such that one member commands the early parts of motion and the other the late parts [1]. In our current study, we replaced one of the humans with a robot programmed to perform one of the typical human specialized roles. We expected the remaining human to adopt the complementary specialized role. Subjects did believe that they were interacting with another human but did not adopt a specialized behavior as subjects would when physically working with another human; our negative result suggests a very subtle negotiation takes place in human-human physical interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA'07
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Nov 27 2007
Event2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA'07 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Apr 10 2007Apr 14 2007


Other2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA'07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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