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Furthering the development of virtual agents and communication robot devices through the consideration of the temporal home

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posted on 2023-11-17, 09:04 authored by Andrew PooleyAndrew Pooley, Andrew MayAndrew May, Val MitchellVal Mitchell
This paper extends current research on Human–Robot Interaction (HRI) within Human–Computer Interaction (HCI), focusing on how future virtual agents and communication robots can support the temporal structures and routines within the home. We recruited representatives from 15 households with varied compositions, ranging from single inhabitants to full nest families. Drawing upon P.G. Wodehouse’s The Inimitable Jeeves as an inspiration, the methodology sought to imitate the relationship between a recruitment agency worker (researcher) and an employer (participant) seeking to hire a personal assistant (e.g., a virtual agent or communication robot device) for their home. A ‘household audit’ comprising a guided household tour and an architectural survey was conducted to ascertain the nuanced spatiotemporal routines within the home. The study analysed the responses of participants using the Labovian narrative schema, a traditional method in linguistics research. The findings were then examined through the lens of Reddy et al.’s temporal features of work to understand how domestic work unfolds within the home from a temporal perspective. We argue that the temporal concepts discussed by Reddy et al. provided valuable insights into the temporal dynamics of everyday activities and could inform the design of virtual agents and communication robotic devices to fulfil their roles as domesticated ‘personal assistants’.

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School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

Multimodal Technologies and Interaction

Volume

7

Issue

11

Publisher

MDPI

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© the authors

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This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Acceptance date

2023-11-02

Publication date

2023-11-13

Copyright date

2023

eISSN

2414-4088

Language

  • en

Depositor

Deposit date: 16 November 2023

Article number

104

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