User’s Personality and Activity Influence on HRI Comfortable Distances

  • Silvia Rossi
  • Mariacarla Staffa
  • Luigi Bove
  • Roberto Capasso
  • Giovanni Ercolano
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10652)


A robot system that is designed to coexist with humans has to adapt its behavior and social interaction parameters (for example, the interaction distances and the speed of movements) not only with respect to the task it is supposed to accomplish, but also to the human users’ habits, actions, and personality. This is particularly relevant in the domain of assistive robotics and when working with vulnerable people. In this work, we are interested in determining key factors to model the user and to adapt the robot behavior accordingly. We provide the first step towards this direction with a case study aiming at evaluating if the users’ personality and activities they are currently performing affect the perception of comfortable distances of a robot approaching them.



This work has been partially supported by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) within the PRIN 2015 research project “User-centerd Profiling and Adaptation for Socially Assistive Robotics - UPA4SAR”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Rossi
    • 1
  • Mariacarla Staffa
    • 2
  • Luigi Bove
    • 1
  • Roberto Capasso
    • 1
  • Giovanni Ercolano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering and Information TechnologyUniversity of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly
  2. 2.Department of EngineeringUniversity of Naples ParthenopeNaplesItaly

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