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Role-play as responsible robotics: The virtual witness testimony role-play interview for investigating hazardous human-robot interactions

Webb, Helena; Dumitru, Morgan; van Maris, Anouk; Winkle, Katie; Jirotka, Marina; Winfield, Alan

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Authors

Helena Webb

Morgan Dumitru

Katie Winkle

Marina Jirotka



Abstract

The development of responsible robotics requires paying attention to responsibility within the research process in addition to responsibility as the outcome of research. This paper describes the preparation and application of a novel method to explore hazardous human-robot interactions. The Virtual Witness Testimony role-play interview is an approach that enables participants to engage with scenarios in which a human being comes to physical harm whilst a robot is present and may have had a malfunction. Participants decide what actions they would take in the scenario and are encouraged to provide their observations and speculations on what happened. Data collection takes place online, a format that provides convenience as well as a safe space for participants to role play a hazardous encounter with minimal risk of suffering discomfort or distress. We provide a detailed account of how our initial set of Virtual Witness Testimony role-play interviews were conducted and describe the ways in which it proved to be an efficient approach that generated useful findings, and upheld our project commitments to Responsible Research and Innovation. We argue that the Virtual Witness Testimony role-play interview is a flexible and fruitful method that can be adapted to benefit research in human robot interaction and advance responsibility in robotics.

Citation

Webb, H., Dumitru, M., van Maris, A., Winkle, K., Jirotka, M., & Winfield, A. (2021). Role-play as responsible robotics: The virtual witness testimony role-play interview for investigating hazardous human-robot interactions. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8, Article 644336. https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2021.644336

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 29, 2021
Publication Date Jun 29, 2021
Deposit Date Jun 29, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jul 2, 2021
Journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI
Electronic ISSN 2296-9144
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Article Number 644336
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2021.644336
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7498863

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