Multi-user control for domestic robots with natural interfaces

Adam Ben-Hanania, Joshua Goldberg, Jessica R. Cauchard

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Our environments are increasingly being populated with intelligent devices and robots. People use digital assistants with speech interfaces to play music, find out about the weather, or call a taxi. Such interfaces are designed for single user control, and often fail when multiple people interact simultaneously. For instance, if two users keep asking for a different song, the digital assistant will keep changing the music with no regards for users’ comfort or any conflict that may arise. As these devices are shared, it is crucial that the interface is built to consider more than one user. This work investigates which control schemes are suitable for multiple users to simultaneously interact with a single domestic cleaning robot. The control schemes will be tested with small groups of people who live together. Our work will inform researchers on how to build control schemes that are acceptable and suitable in shared environments.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationMUM 2018 - 17th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, Proceedings
EditorsSlim Abdennadher, Florian Alt
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450365949
StatePublished - 25 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, MUM 2018 - Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference17th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, MUM 2018


  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Multi-user interaction
  • Natural Interfaces

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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