Alessandra Rossi

Investigating human perceptions of trust in robots for safe HRI in home environments

Principle Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn
University of Hertfordshire

Collaboration partners:

  • Universität Hamburg
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Competence Area: Interaction

Objectives

To create guidelines and to develop a system that will allow robots to utilize social cues that significantly improve safe human-robot interaction in home environments. This involves first investigating and understanding of 1) human safety risk during human-robot interaction in home environments, 2) the features that help humans to believe and trust that robots are able to look after their well-being, 3) social cues related to a human alert system that users are sensitive of and that can be implemented in robots to signal safety risks to the users. 

Based on the findings a guideline will be created, implemented and tested to verify and improve the guideline for developing a system that can utilize social cues to ensure safe human-robot interaction in home environments.

Expected Results

The result will enable robots to use effective social cues to signal users’ safety risk during human-robot interaction in home environments. This will ensure that the users will be aware of any risk to their safety during human-robot interaction and that robots can promote safe interactions for novice users.

 

 


Curriculum Vitae

Research

Journal, Conference and Workshop Papers

2017 A. Rossi, K. Dautenhahn, K. L. Koay, J. Saunders Investigating human perceptions of trust in robots for safe HRI in home environments, in the Human-Robot Interaction Pioneers Workshop in conjunction with the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. March, 2017

 

2017 A. Rossi, K. Dautenhahn, K. L. Koay,  M. L. Walters, Evaluating the Impact of the Magnitude and Timing of Errors on How People Trust Robots in an Emergency Situation,  submitted to Ninth International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2017)

 

2017 A. Rossi, K. Dautenhahn, K. L. Koay,  M. L. Walters, Human Perceptions of the Severity of Domestic Robot Errors,  submitted to Ninth International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2017)

 

2016 A. Rossi, M. Staffa and S. Rossi, Supervisory Control of Multiple Robots through Group Communication, Special Issue on Cognitive Agents and Robots for Human-Centred Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (IEEE TCDS). 2016


2016 S. Rossi, F. Barile, A. Caso and A. Rossi, Pre–trip Ratings and Social Networks User Behaviors for Recommendations in Touristic Web Portals, In WEBIST2015 Selected and Revised Papers, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP), Springer-Verlag.


2015 F. Barile, A. Rossi, M. Staffa, C. Di Napoli and S. Rossi, QoS–aware task distribution to a team of robots: an Health–care case study, Intelligenza Artificiale (IOS Press), September 2015.


2016 S. Rossi, C. Di Napoli, F. Barile, A. Rossi, M. Staffa, Negotiating and Executing Composite Tasks for QoS-aware Teams of Robots, in 14th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (PAAMS’16).


2015 A. Rossi, M. Staffa, A. Origlia and S. Rossi, An Analysis of Perceptual Cues in Robot Group Selection Tasks, In Proceedings of The 24 st International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO–MAN2015), August 31–September 4, 2015, Kobe, Japan.


2015 F. Barile, A. Rossi, M. Staffa, C. Di Napoli and S. Rossi, A Market Mechanism for QoS–aware Multi–Robot Task Allocation, in Proceedings of the 16 st Workshop "From Objects to Agents" WOA15, CEUR Workshop Proceedings (1382), pp. 129-134, 2015.

 

 

Posters

2009 A. Rossi, G. Schmid, L. Tamburo and M. Sommella, An Infrastructure for simplifying the management of large distributed collaborative environments, LISA’09 – 23 st Large Installation System Admin Conference, November 1–6 2009, Baltimore, MD, USA.

 

Scholarships, Talks and Conferences

2016 ICDL–Epirob, participation at The Sixth Joint IEEE International Conference – Developmental Learning and Epigenetic Robotics , September 19–22, 2016. Cergy-Pontoise, France


2015 Organizing Committee of the XVI Workshop, participation to the school "Dagli oggetti agli Agenti (WOA 2015)", June 2015, Naples, Italy.


2015 A Market Mechanism for QoS–aware Multi–Robot Task Allocation, presentation of the paper at the XVI Workshop Dagli Oggetti agli Agenti (WOA2015), June 2015, Naples, Italy.


2015 The 2015 ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers (CF’15), participation to the conference, May 2015, Naples, Italy.

 

Scientific Experiences

2017 PC member, RO–MAN 2017 Workshop on Behavior Adaptation, Interaction and Learning for Assistive Robotics, (BAILAR2017), 2017

 

2016 - 2017 Review activities for Pattern Recognition Letters Journal

 

2016 PC member, RO–MAN 2016 Workshop on Behavior Adaptation, Interaction and Learning for Assistive Robotics, (BAILAR2016), August 26-31, 2016.


2016 Review activities, for the 14th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, (PAAMS’16), June 1-3, 2016.

 

Education

Mar 2016 – Ph.D. and Early-Stage Researcher, Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfiled, UK.
Supervisor Professor Dautenhahn, Kerstin

 

Mar 16, 2015 - M.Sc., Computer Science, Universita’ degli studi di Napoli, Federico II.
Thesis Title Human Multi–robot Interaction in Robot and Group Selection Tasks

 

Feb – July, 2009 - S3WEB – Expert in Systems Management and Web/Software Development, Universita’ degli studi di Napoli, Parthenope, and SAI – Sun Academic Initiative.

 

Feb 5, 2009 - B.Sc., Computer Science, Universita’ degli studi di Napoli, Federico II.
Thesis Title Attributes Certificates-Based User Profiles in Unix–Like Systems: Setting Up User Environment

 

Work Experience

Nov – Dec, 2015 - Researcher, University of Naples, "Federico II".  PRIN 2010-2011, Security Horizons Project.


Apr – June, 2015 - Researcher, University of Naples, "Federico II".  ORganization of Cultural HEritage for Smart Tourism and Real-time Accessibility (OR.C.HE.S.T.R.A) project. Testing support and user evaluation.


May – July, 2010 - Researcher, ICAR-CNR, Naples. with Professor G. Schmid, Project "MIPHA : A Middleware Infrastructure for Pervasive HealtCare Applications".


Nov, 2007 – Mar, 2008 Apprenticeship, ICAR-CNR, Naples. with Professor G. Schmid, Study of (Open)Solaris authentication and authorization mechanisms. Design and development of a test–bed framework to integrate a new access control mechanism into the system.

 

Affiliations

Apr 2016 - Member of RoboCup team Bold Hearts, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.


Feb 2016 - Member of Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.


Oct 2014 – Jan 2016 - Member of PRISCA (Projects of Intelligent Robotics and Advanced Cognitive Systems)) lab, University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, IT.

 

 


Contact

Contact details

Email: a [dot] rossi [at] herts [dot] ac [dot] uk

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/rossialessandra/

Address: Adaptive Systems Research Group
School of Computer Science
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield Herts AL10 9AB
United Kingdom