How People Talk with Robots: Designing Dialog to Reduce User Uncertainty

  • Kerstin Fischer University of Southern Denmark


If human-robot interaction is mainly shaped by users’ strategies to deal with their unfamiliar artificial com¬munication partner, as it is suggested here, robot dialog design should orient at reducing users’ uncertainty about the affordances of the robot and the joint task. Two experiments are presented that investigate the impact of verbal robot utterances on users’ behavior; results show that users react sensitively to subtle linguistic cues that may guide them into appropriate understandings of the robot. Furthermore, the role of user expectations and robot appearance are discussed in the light of the model presented.