SharedSpace 2018-2022

FWF project SharedSpace

Exploring Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction: What makes people accept or reject companion robots?
  • 3-years project, starts in 2018
  • single person project (Elise Richter programme).
  • Principal investigator; 250.000 €

The working hypothesis of this project is that the interaction of ordinary users with a social companion robot (in this project the commercially available robot Anki Vector) changes over time and that its adoption and acceptance differ in terms of the socio-demographic qualities of the involved households.

The main goal is to gain detailed empirical evidence on the adoption and acceptance processes from a relatively small sample (eight households) over a longer period of time (eight months), therefore an ethnographic approach is chosen as methodology. Several household visits accompanied by specific field tools and techniques (semi-structured qualitative interviews, Day Reconstruction Method, drawing/tinkering activities, short questionnaires/rating scales) will be performed. A baseline of existing household routines will be established in a pre-visit before households receive an Anki Vector and are firstly regularly visited over a period of six months. After half a year, the absence of Anki Vector and its impact on the social household dynamics will be studied by giving it back for one month, after a one-month break.


Weiss, Astrid; Pillinger, Anna; Spiel, Katta; Zauchner-Studnicka, Sabine

Inconsequential Appearances: An Analysis of Anthropomorphic Language in Voice Assistant Forums Inproceedings

Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, S. 1–7, Association for Computing Machinery, Honolulu, HI, USA, 2020, ISBN: 9781450368193.

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Tsiourti, Christiana; Pillinger, Anna; Weiss, Astrid

Was Vector a Companion during Shutdown? Insights from an Ethnographic Study in Austria Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, S. 269–271, Association for Computing Machinery, Virtual Event, USA, 2020, ISBN: 9781450380546.

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Weiss, Astrid; Hannibal, Glenda

What Makes People Accept or Reject Companion Robots? A Research Agenda Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 11th PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference, S. 397–404, Association for Computing Machinery, Corfu, Greece, 2018, ISBN: 9781450363907.

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