Abstract: Spidey, is a tabletop robot protoype designed to collaborate with people and assist them in a tabletop scientific data exploration task, with the aim of being task oriented, efficient as well as socially valid. Spidey is aware of both the person’s tabletop actions, as well as the task at hand, and can initiate actions or react to the person’s actions according to need. With the Spidey testbed we explored the notion of proxemics between a person and a robotic tabletop assistant and performed a study in which domain experts interacted with Spidey.

Researchers: Sowmya Somanath, Ehud Sharlin, Mario Costa Sousa