The Telerobot Contact Hypothesis

Avner Peled, Teemu Leinonen, Béatrice S. Hasler

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


We propose using telerobots as a medium for intergroup contact, aiming to reduce prejudice between groups in conflict. Telerobots are located in the middle ground between the physical and the virtual realms,providing the flexibility of online communication and the depth of physical interactions. Combining
research from intergroup contact theory, communication studies, and human-robot interaction, we present the telerobot contact hypothesis - a set of guidelines, recommendations, and caveats in robot interaction design that strive for the optimal intergroup contact result. The guidelines follow a consistent conceptual
model and define the architecture of a telerobotic event, from the first encounter to the pursued reduction of prejudice. We end with recommendations and hopes for further empirical research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer-Human Interaction Research and Applications - 4th International Conference, CHIRA 2020, Revised Selected Papers
Subtitle of host publication4th International Conference, CHIRA 2020, Virtual Event, November 5-6. 2020, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAndreas Holzinger, Hugo Plácido Silva, Markus Helfert, Larry Constantine
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-22015-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-22014-2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Book section, Chapters in research books
EventInternational Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications - Virtual, Online
Duration: 5 Nov 20206 Nov 2020
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications
Abbreviated titleCHIRA
CityVirtual, Online


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