The wooden robot, plastic robot, and furry robot (left to right).

Our work got accepted to ICSR19. In this paper, we explore the effects of component material on people’s perception of the robots in terms of social attributes and willingness to interact. Participants watched videos of three robots with different outer materials: wood, synthetic fur, and plastic. Take-away messages from this work:

  • People rated the perceived warmth of a plastic robot lower than a wooden or furry robot.

  • Ratings of perceived competence and discomfort did not differ between the three robots.

@inproceedings{van2019knock, title={Knock on wood: The effects of material choice on the perception of social robots}, author={Van Waveren, Sanne and Bj{\"o}rklund, Linn{\'e}a and Carter, Elizabeth J and Leite, Iolanda}, booktitle={International Conference on Social Robotics}, pages={211--221}, year={2019}, organization={Springer, Cham} }