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15 Years of (Who)man Robot Interaction: Reviewing the H in Human-Robot Interaction

Katie Winkle
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Erik Lagerstedt
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Ilaria Torre
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Anna Offenwanger
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Recent work identified a concerning trend of disproportional gender representation in research participants in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Motivated by the fact that Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) shares many participant practices with HCI, we explored whether this trend is mirrored in our field. By producing a dataset covering participant gender representation in all 684 full papers published at the HRI conference from 2006-2021, we identify current trends in HRI research participation. We find an over-representation of men in research participants to date, as well as inconsistent and/or incomplete gender reporting which typically engages in a binary treatment of gender at odds with published best practice guidelines. We further examine if and how participant gender has been considered in user studies to date, in-line with current discourse surrounding the importance and/or potential risks of gender based analyses. Finally, we complement this with a survey of HRI researchers to examine correlations between the who is doing with the who is taking part, to further reflect on factors which seemingly influence gender bias in research participation across different sub-fields of HRI. Through our analysis we identify areas for improvement, but also reason for optimism, and derive some practical suggestions for HRI researchers going forward.
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Katie Winkle, Erik Lagerstedt, Ilaria Torre, Anna Offenwanger. 15 Years of (Who)man Robot Interaction: Reviewing the H in Human-Robot Interaction. ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction, 2022, 12 (3), pp.28. ⟨10.1145/3571718⟩. ⟨hal-03879970⟩
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