Alexandra Bejarano and Tom Williams


HRI Workshop on Robot Identity

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Understanding what influences human trust in robots is critical to avoid mistrust, distrust, and overtrust in human-robot interactions. However, the non-humanlike nature of robot identity in multi-robot systems can complicate how humans conceptualize robots and the nature of human-robot trust. Prior work by Williams et al. explored this complexity and introduced Deconstructed Trustee Theory, a theory on human-robot trust that accounts for these dynamics. However, confounding factors relating to robot gender identity may have impacted their findings. Thus, in this work, we sought to replicate their findings while controlling for robot gender identity through an online human-subject study (n=189). Through this replication, we verify key findings from prior work and provide further support for Deconstructed Trustee Theory.