Activity: Other › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
This demonstration is lead by the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub project, Leap of Faith. The project explores instantaneous trust between humans and social robots by taking a human-centered approach. Instantaneous trust occurs in situations characterized by the absence of an interaction history between the human and a robot. By simulating situations such as robot-assisted emergency evacuations and robot assistants in office, we examine the impact of two factors: (1) behavioural aspects of the robot, specifically movement, tone of voice, and embodiment that cause the human to believe that he/she can relate to the robot, and (2) informational aspects about the robot delivered verbally or visually, that reassure the human that the instruction they are being given is reliable and that it has emanated from a reliable source. Our research is intended to broaden the understanding of the variables that can be manipulated to engender instantaneous trust in an robot leading to voluntary compliance of instructions that it delivers, when the robot is co-located with a human in a potentially unknown and/or dangerous environment, thus taking a step towards building autonomous systems that are trusted by design.