Closeness with Robots as Social Partners

Jamy Li, David Sirkin, Jan Van Erp, Birna Van Riemsdijk

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HRI researchers have explored how people behave toward technology agents, advancing the concept that people can attain 'closeness' with technology itself in addition to a living social partner. Yet the topic of closeness with robots has not been fully explored or organized into a discrete area of study. This seems particularly important to the design of robots that are expressive, to the implementation of technologies that use new social signal processing or reciprocal social touch, and to the study of how people respond to robots. This half-day workshop is a forum to discuss the future of 'closeness' with robots, conversational agents, autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things devices and other technologies that act as social partners - designs, applications, responses and societal concerns.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)978-153868555-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-8556-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event14th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2019 - Daegu, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 11 Mar 201914 Mar 2019


Conference14th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2019
CountryKorea, Republic of


  • human-robot interaction
  • Internet of Things
  • interpersonal closeness
  • performing arts
  • robot design
  • Robots

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