Print Email Facebook Twitter Perceived autonomy of robots: Effects of appearance and context Title Perceived autonomy of robots: Effects of appearance and context Author Harbers, M. Peeters, M.M.M. Neerincx, M.A. Contributor Aldinhas Ferreira, M.I. (editor) Silva Sequeira, J. (editor) Osman Tokhi, M. (editor) Kadar, E.E. (editor) Singh Virk, G. (editor) Publication year 2017 Abstract Due to advances in technology, the world around us contains an increasing number of robots, virtual agents, and other intelligent systems. These systems all have a certain degree of autonomy. For the people who interact with an intelligent system it is important to obtain a good understanding of its degree of autonomy: what tasks can the system perform autonomously and to what extent? In this paper we therefore present a study on how a system’s characteristics affect people’s perception of its autonomy. This was investigated by asking fire-fighters to rate the autonomy of a number of search and rescue robots in different shapes and situations. In this paper, we identify the following seven aspects of perceived autonomy: time interval of interaction, obedience, informativeness, task complexity, task implication, physical appearance, and physical distance to human operator. The study showed that increased disobedience, task complexity and physical distance of a robot can increase perceived autonomy. © Springer International Publishing AG 2017. Subject Human & Operational ModellingPCS - Perceptual and Cognitive SystemsELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesAutonomyHuman-robot interactionIntelligent agentsIntelligent systemsPerceived autonomyRobot designRobotsUser expectations To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:e87ceb57-9003-4d70-8999-0dad23ce25d9 DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46667-5_2 TNO identifier 745603 Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers ISSN 2213-8986 Source Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering, 84, 19-33 Bibliographical note Funding details: 313-99-260, NWO, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Funding text: We thank the MHE project (NWO project 313-99-260) and the TRADR project (EU FP7 project 609763) for their contribution, Jacqueline van Rhijn for creating the images for the questionnaire, and the fire brigade officers for their participation. Document type bookPart Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.