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A Dog Tail for Utility Robots: Exploring Affective Properties of Tail Movement


Speaker Info:

Ashish Singh
MSc. Student, Department of Computer Science
University of Manitoba


We present a dog-tail interface for utility robots, as a means of communicating high-level robotic state through affect. This interface leverages people’s general knowledge of dogs and their tails (e.g., wagging means happy) to communicate robotic state in an easy to understand way. In this talk, we present the details of our tail construction, and the results of a study which explored a base case of people’s reactions to the tail: how various parameters of tail movements and configuration influence perception of the robot’s zoomorphized affective state.