Room for one more? - Introducing Artificial Commensal Companions

Maurizio Mancini, Radoslaw Niewiadomski, Gijs Huisman, Merijn Bruijnes, Conor Patrick Gallagher

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Abstract

Commensality is defined as "a social group that eats together" and eating in a commensality setting has a number of positive effects on humans. In this paper, we discuss how HCI and technology in general can be exploited to replicate the benefits of commensality for people who choose or are forced to eat alone. We discuss research into and the design of Artificial Commensal Companions that can provide social interactions during food consumption. We present the design of a system, consisting of a toy robot, computer vision tracking, and a simple interaction model, that can show non-verbal social behaviors to influence a user's food choice. Finally, we discuss future studies and applications of this system, and provide suggestions for future research into Artificial Commensal Companions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2020 - Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Edition2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6819-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventCHI 2020: The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

ConferenceCHI 2020: The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period25/04/2030/04/20

Keywords

  • food
  • eating
  • hci
  • robot
  • companion
  • interaction
  • non-verbal
  • commensality
  • Eating
  • Interaction
  • Non-verbal
  • HCI
  • Companion
  • Robot
  • Commensality
  • Food

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