About this Research Topic
In the field of robotics, robots have been designed for affective interactions with older adults, children with autism, students, and patients, and research has shown that affective robots have been considered more acceptable, preferable, and trustable. However, there are mixed results, and much research is required to unpack the underlying mechanisms and implement the optimized interactions for different use cases.
Based on this background, this Research Topic invites research and design efforts that refine affective interactions with robots for specific physical and social settings and user groups. It aims to capture theories for conceptualizing human affective interactions with robots, methods for designing and assessing them, and case studies for highlighting these interactions. We seek to elaborate on the roles of affect in contributing to a human-centered perspective that considers psychological, social, ethical, cultural, and environmental factors of implementing emotional/affective intelligence into daily human-robot interactions.
We encourage manuscript submissions on the following Topics of Interest
- affective interactions between robots and special populations (e.g., students, children, older adults, patients, drivers, etc.)
- affective interactions with companion robots
- affective interactions with robots in space, industry, or other workplaces
- affective interactions with robots in VR/AR/MR
- robots as an affective confederate in HRI experiments
- cultural differences or cross-cultural affect research with robots
- computational modeling of affective interactions for a specific domain
- design research platform for affective robot applications
- research on complex (or secondary) emotions in interacting with robots
In addition to the psychology community, we encourage contributions to this research field from a variety of domains including computer science, industrial engineering, industrial design, biomedical engineering, human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, and more.
Keywords: affect, human-robot interaction, explainable AI, affective robots, affective interactions
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