MAWARI: A Social Interface to Reduce the Workload of the Conversation

  • Yuta Yoshiike
  • P. Ravindra S. De Silva
  • Michio Okada
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7072)


In this paper, we propose a MAWARI-based social interface as an interactive social medium to broadcast information (e.g. news, etc.). The interface consists of three sociable creatures (MAWARIs) and is designed with minimalism designing concepts. MAWARI is a small scale robot that has only body gestures to express (or interact) its attractive social cues. This helps to reduce the observing workload of the user, because during the conversation the creature just uses vocal interactions mixed with attractive body gestures. The proposed interface is capable of behaving in two kinds of states: behavior as a passive social interface and also as an interactive social interface in order to reduce the conversation workload of the participant.


Minimalism designing passive social interface multiparty-discourse conversational workload 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuta Yoshiike
    • 1
  • P. Ravindra S. De Silva
    • 1
  • Michio Okada
    • 1
  1. 1.Interactions and Communication Design LabToyohashi University of TechnologyToyohashiJapan

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