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"Fight-or-flight": Leveraging instinctive human defensive behaviors for safe human-robot interaction

Mahadevan, Karthik, Somanath, Sowmya and Sharlin, Ehud (2018) "Fight-or-flight": Leveraging instinctive human defensive behaviors for safe human-robot interaction. In: HRI ’18 Companion, 5-8 Mar 2018, Chicago, USA.

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Maintaining the safety of humans is of paramount concern in the field of human-robot interaction. We employed a Research through Design (RtD) approach to explore better HRI safety mechanisms. We conducted a preliminary design study where we presented a group of designers various scenarios of different robotic platforms acting unsafely. Our findings indicate that participants mapped human responses to unsafe robotic interfaces, to natural human defensive behaviors in response to varying levels of threat stimuli. Based on preliminary findings, we suggest leveraging the instinctive human ability to react to dangerous situations as a fail-safe mechanism to the robot’s own built-in safety methods.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Safety in Human-Robot Interaction
Divisions: Faculty of Design
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Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 14:12
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 08:45
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2396

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