International Journal of Social Robotics

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 5–15 | Cite as

Comparative Study of Human Behavior in Card Playing with a Humanoid Playmate

  • Min-Gyu KimEmail author
  • Kenji Suzuki


This paper describes the study of human behaviors in a poker game with the game playing humanoid robot. Betting decision and nonverbal behaviors of human players were analyzed between human–human and the human–humanoid poker game. It was found that card hand strength is related to the betting strategy and nonverbal interaction. Moreover, engagement in the poker game with the humanoid was assessed through questionnaire and by measuring the nonverbal behaviors between playtime and breaktime.

The findings of this study contribute to not only design of socially interactive game playing robot, but also the theoretical approach on the realization of the robot that behaves in the way of human doing in game playing.


Human–robot interaction Social playmate Poker game Humanoid 



This work is partially supported by Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research and Global COE Program on “Cybernetics: fusion of human, machine, and information systems” by MEXT, Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Intelligent Interaction TechnologiesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Engineering, Information and SystemsUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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