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; Wortmeier, Ann-Kathrin; Kubicek, Bettina

Cobots in Industry 4.0: A Roadmap for Future Practice Studies on Human--Robot Collaboration Artikel

In: IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 2021.


Weiss, Astrid; Pillinger, Anna; Tsiourti, Christiana

Merely a Conventional ‘Diffusion’ Problem? On the Adoption Process of Anki Vector Konferenzbeitrag

In: 2021 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), S. 712–719, IEEE 2021.

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Weiss, Astrid; Spiel, Katta

Robots beyond Science Fiction: mutual learning in human--robot interaction on the way to participatory approaches Artikel

In: AI & SOCIETY, S. 1–15, 2021.



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

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

In: 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 Konferenzbeitrag

In: 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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Zafari, Sethare; Schwaninger, Isabel; Hirschmanner, Matthias; Schmidbauer, Christina; Weiss, Astrid; Koeszegi, Sabine T

“You Are Doing so Great!” – The Effect of a Robot’s Interaction Style on Self-Efficacy in HRI Konferenzbeitrag

In: 2019 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), S. 1-7, 2019, ISSN: 1944-9445.

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Weiss, Astrid; Hannibal, Glenda

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

In: 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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