Dangerous HRI: Testing Real-World Robots has Real-World Consequences

Paul Robinette, Michael Novitzky, Brittany Duncan, Myounghoon Jeon, Alan Wagner, Chung Hyuk Park

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Abstract

Robotic rescuers digging through rubble, fire-fighting drones flying over populated areas, robotic servers pouring hot coffee for you, and a nursing robot checking your vitals are all examples of current or near-future situations where humans and robots are expected to interact in a dangerous situation. Dangerous HRI is an as-yet understudied area of the field. We define dangerous HRI as situations where humans experience some amount of risk of bodily harm while interacting with robots. This interaction could take many forms, such as a bystander (e.g. when an autonomous car waits at a crossing for a pedestrian), as a recipient of robotic assistance (rescue robots), or as a teammate (like an autonomous robot working with a SWAT team). To facilitate better study of this area, the Dangerous HRI workshop brings together researchers who perform experiments with some risk of bodily harm to participants and discuss strategies for mitigating this risk while still maintaining validity of the experiment. This workshop does not aim to tackle the general problem of human safety around robots, but instead focused on guidelines for and experience from experimenters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHRI 2019 - 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages687-688
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781538685556
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 22 2019
Event14th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2019 - Daegu, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Mar 11 2019Mar 14 2019

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Volume2019-March
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148

Conference

Conference14th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2019
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityDaegu
Period3/11/193/14/19

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Keywords

  • human-robot interaction
  • safety
  • user study guidelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Robinette, P., Novitzky, M., Duncan, B., Jeon, M., Wagner, A., & Park, C. H. (2019). Dangerous HRI: Testing Real-World Robots has Real-World Consequences. In HRI 2019 - 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 687-688). [8673073] (ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction; Vol. 2019-March). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2019.8673073