Professor Danaë Stanton Fraser and Dr Chris Bevan from the University of Bath’s Department of Psychology will be examining how people understand, trust and engage with robotics in real world scenarios. They will be using their complementary expertise in social and cognitive psychology, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and robotics to analyse the ways in which people respond to robots. This will allow them to extend their research in trust and identity.
Dr Chris Bevan from the University of Bath’s Department of Psychology said: “To some degree, the Internet has changed where, when and how strangers meet in public. This has numerous benefits, not least in removing many physical barriers to participation such as geographical distance and infirmity. However, a consequence of digital communication is that much of the richness of real world interpersonal interaction – the source of much of its societal power and benefit – is simply lost in translation. By exploring robots as a means of allowing people to ‘be there’ in a real-world public space - regardless of where they actually are - we can bridge the gap between these physical and digital worlds and take full advantage of their respective capabilities”.