The IURO Project has successfully finished its first year and also its first phase, the requirements analysis, where the HRI-group of the ICT&S center had the lead. Our main activities in the requirement analysis phase were 3 human-human studies on itinerary requests in public space with the aim to inform the interaction design of the Interactive Urban Robot IURO. These studies were all conducted in the city center of Salzburg with the aim to gain insights on (1) the communication structure of itinerary requests, (2) navigation patterns for the selection process of passers-by, and (3) confounding variable, which may negatively, influence the success rate of human-robot itinerary requests.
The findings of the requirement phase and the derived guidelines for HRI in public space will be presented at the INTERACT 2011 conference in Lisbon, Portugal (5.09.2011-09.09.2011): Weiss, A., Mirnig, N., Buchner, R., Förster, F., and Tscheligi, M. Transferring human-human interaction studies to HRI scenarios in public space. In INTERACT2011: Proceedings of the 13th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (2011).
In the next phase of the IURO project the HRI-group of the ICT&S Center is responsible of developing an evaluation handbook for the accompanying usability, user experience, and user acceptance evaluation of the IURO robot in the next 2 project years. This evaluation handbook will combine expert evaluation methods and user studies to improve the HRI in accordance to a social-psychological model of helping.