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Evaluating Social Robots: Insights from the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

William D. Smart.
In "Proceedings of the IROS 2010 Workshop on Performance Evlauation and Benchmarking for Intelligent Robots and Systems with Cognitive and Autonomy Capabilities", Taipei, Taiwan, 2010.

As robots become more and more integrated into human society, they will interact more frequently with people who do not know anything about robots. These individuals will evaluate their interactions with robots in the same way that they evaluate their interactions with other humans. They will not care how accurate the localization is, or even be aware that the robot is localizing itself. Their evaluations will be based on the behavior of the robot, and on the perceived quality of their interactions with it. These evaluations will be based on expectations built up over a lifetime of interacting with other humans in social situations.

In this paper, we propose the adaptation of techniques and insights from the evaluation of human social interaction to the evaluation of robot social behavior. In particular, we look at the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) as a concrete example.

@inproceedings{iros-ws-10,
  author = {Smart, William D.},
  title = {Evaluating Social Robots: Insights from the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the {IROS} 2010 Workshop on Performance Evlauation and Benchmarking for Intelligent Robots and Systems with Cognitive and Autonomy Capabilities},
  address = {Taipei, Taiwan},
  year = {2010}
}