Much like computing has become increasingly mobile, ubiquitous, and part of everyday life, someday in the future we may find robots assisting humans in situations well beyond their current use. They may become assistants, workmates, entertainers, and even socializers. Achieving this will require careful consideration of the role and effect of robots in our lives. As robot technology becomes more commonplace, design aspects will become increasingly important.
The design community has established many methods for creating engaging artifacts and has branched out into subfields such as interaction design and product design, which are highly relevant for the HRI field. Designers have unique opportunities to improve the overall appeal and usefulness of robotic products well beyond their technical function and capabilities. Finally, designers are well-equipped to envision and understand the implications and potential of new technologies through techniques such as concept development, sketching, and lo-fi prototyping.
To highlight this rising importance of design in HRI, we have included a wide range of submissions in this publication. A unique feature of this special issue is that the authors of accepted papers are invited to present their paper at HRI2014 (the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2014). This opportunity allows authors to present their work to a large audience and contribute toward improving the quality and profile of design papers at the HRI conference.
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Special Issue: Design in HRI -- Past, Present, and Future
|Coactive Design: Designing Support for Interdependence in Joint Activity
Matthew Johnson, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Paul J. Feltovich, Catholijn M. Jonker, M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Maarten Sierhuis
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