My name is Anara Sandygulova. I am a PhD candidate based in University College Dublin working on a personally proposed project on Human-Robot Interaction. I am grateful to Irish Research Council for supporting my research.
The development of robots capable of interacting with humans have progressed in the last decade, leading to an expectation that in the near future, robots will be increasingly deployed in public spaces as receptionists or waiters. These robots must necessarily deal with people of different needs and preferences and with multiple people at once. I am investigating what people think of a robot that is able to adapt its interaction according to them. What will the elderly think if, similarly to humans, robots change their voice volume and speed in front of the elderly person? And, will a child feel more relaxed and engaged if the robot acts and talks as a child in front of a child? And, if people prefer personalized robots, which can adapt to people’s preferences, what should they do when there are many people of conflicting preferences in front of them?