Alexandra Bejarano and Sebastian Negrete-Alamillo and Tom Williams
HRI Workshop on Human-Robot Conversational Interaction
Recent advances in HRI have begun to unravel the longstanding, implicit assumption that a given robot has a single, coherent, and unchanging body and identity. In doing so, these recent advances call into question conversational robots' traditional means of representing and reasoning about who is speaking and who is being spoken to. This provides new opportunities and complications for algorithms and interfaces for conversational human-robot interaction. In this paper, we thus discuss the flexibility of robot identity performance and what considerations must then be made when it comes to the algorithms and interface used to direct robots' conversational capabilities.