Incidental Encounters with Robots. A Field Study and Some Directions

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


Mobile robots will likely soon be part of our urban public environments, yet little is known about how human-robot encounters play out in complex and highly dynamic social settings. Our paper reports on a field study that included more than three hundred ‘incidental’ human-robot encounters in a public outdoor space. Using an ethnographic approach informed by ethnomethodology, we applied breaching experiments and membership categorization analysis to reveal how Incidentally Co-present Persons (InCoPs) interact with and make sense of robots in an urban environment. In this talk, I will introduce our approach, and encourage research trajectories and projects to embark on that extend our conceptual tool box. This both in terms of the development of more “light-weight” protocols for HRI, as well as for conducting thoughtful “in the wild” research that accepts the situated complexity of public space.
Period14 Nov 2022
Event titleHumans at the Centre of HRI: International Symposium
Event typeConference
Conference number1
LocationGrenoble, FranceShow on map