Chloe McCaffrey and Alexander Taylor and Sayanti Roy and Santosh Balajee Banisetty and Tom Williams and Ross Mead


Proceedings of the Companion of the 16th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI LBRs)

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In this work we explore whether robots can exert their persuasive influence to encourage others to follow new proxemic norms (i.e., social distancing guidelines). Our results suggest that social robots are not effective for this purpose, and in fact when some persuasive strategies are used, this approach may backfire due to novelty effects that encourage pedestrians to approach and cluster around such robots.