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Emotionally Supporting Humans Through Robot Hugs




Hugs are one of the first forms of contact and affection humans experience. Due to their prevalence and health benefits, we want to enable robots to safely hug humans. This research strives to create and study a high fidelity robotic system that provides emotional support to people through hugs. This paper outlines our previous work evaluating human responses to a prototype’s physical and behavioral characteristics, and then it lays out our ongoing and future work.

Author(s): Alexis E. Block and Katherine J. Kuchenbecker
Year: 2018
Month: March

Department(s): Haptische Intelligenz
Research Project(s): How Should Robots Hug?
Bibtex Type: Miscellaneous (misc)
Paper Type: Workshop

Address: Chicago, USA
DOI: 10.1145/3173386.3176905
How Published: Workshop paper (2 pages) presented at the HRI Pioneers Workshop
State: Published
URL: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3173386.3176905


  title = {Emotionally Supporting Humans Through Robot Hugs},
  author = {Block, Alexis E. and Kuchenbecker, Katherine J.},
  howpublished = {Workshop paper (2 pages) presented at the HRI Pioneers Workshop},
  address = {Chicago, USA},
  month = mar,
  year = {2018},
  url = {https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3173386.3176905},
  month_numeric = {3}