Agent archetypes for human-drone interaction: Social robots or objects with intent?
Paper in proceedings, 2020

Departing from our earlier work on conceptualizing "social drones," we enrich the discussion using notions of "agent archetypes" and "objects with intent" from recent interaction design literature. We briefly unpack these notions, and argue that they are useful in characterizing both design intentions and human perceptions. Thus they have the potential to inform the creation and study of HDI artifacts. Upon these notions, we synthesize relevant implications and directions for design research, in the form of research questions and design challenges. These questions and challenges inform our current and future work. We submit our resources, arguments, aims, and hypotheses to the iHDI 2020 community as a reflective exercise, aiming to refine our work in synergy with other participants.

Unmanned aerial vehicles

Design theory

Autonomous drones

Design philosophy

Social drones

Human-drone interaction



Mehmet Aydin Baytas

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Joseph La Delfa

RMIT University

Sara Ljungblad

University of Gothenburg

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

CEUR Workshop Proceedings

16130073 (ISSN)

Vol. 2617 paper 4

2020 Interdisciplinary Workshop on Human-Drone Interaction, iHDI 2020
Honolulu, USA,

Subject Categories

Interaction Technologies

Information Systemes, Social aspects

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