What Can a Personal Robot Do for You?

  • Guido Bugmann
  • Simon N. Copleston
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6856)


This is a report on the expectations of future users of personal robots based on a survey of 358 respondents with a median age of 22 years. A questionnaire was designed using a “text open ended” approach. The questions along with an introduction and sketch of a humanoid robot in a home were used to “paint the picture” of the respondents having a robot assistant at home. Respondent were then asked what they would ask the robot to do at various times of the day, at weekends and while away on holiday. The task category of “Housework” was the most popular, with 39% of the overall answers. “Food Preparation” and “Personal Service” were the second and third most popular categories with 16% and 14% respectively. Although many of such tasks can also be done by humans, there are potential qualitative benefits in using robots. These results suggest that research should provide solutions for cooking meals, tidying up, general cleaning and the preparation of drinks.


Personal robots Service robot User expectations Survey User survey Household tasks Robot tasks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Bugmann
    • 1
  • Simon N. Copleston
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing and MathematicsUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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