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Illustrating Robot Motions

WHEN: 13 Oct


 In efforts to disseminate research on human-robot interaction, many researchers use illustrations of robotic motions. These illustrations are not only useful for building on the research, but they also capture the ways researchers think about robot motion.

In this presentation, Dr Stine Johansen, postdoctoral Research Fellow from the Australian Cobotics Centre, presents a study of reviewing papers from the ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 2016-2022, in which such illustrations are made. Her and the team from the Human Robot Interaction program (A/Prof Markus Rittenbruch and A/Prof Jared Donovan) analysed a total of 181 illustrations from 137 papers to understand the diverse ways in which robot motion is illustrated as well as how each style supports and limits information about the motion.

Through this, they identified 10 basic styles that are used. Based on a visual analysis of these styles, they provide a detailed examination of each. This presentation gives an overview that can be used to support future dissemination within the HRI community. The team offer a set of recommendations for future research and a discussion on how our findings could be utilised in early design processes.

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  • Dr Stine Johansen
  • A/Prof Jared Donovan
  • A/Prof Markus Rittenbruch


Illustrating Robot Motion – YouTube