Understanding Mobility in Telepresence

Understanding Mobility in Telepresence

Our latest study in robotic telepresence explored the role of mobility, the ability to move or be moved freely and easily, in telepresence using robots. Specifically, we explored whether the ability to move in the local environment improved remote users’ sense of presence in the local environment and collaboration between the remote and local users. We compared mobile and stationary robots under tasks with low and high mobility demands and found that mobility significantly improved remote users’ sense of presence in the local environment, particularly in tasks with high mobility demands, but it decreased task performance. We presented our results at the 2014 ACM/SigCHI International Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI) in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Rae, I., Mutlu, B., & Takayama, L. (2014). Bodies in Motion: Mobility, Presence, and Task Awareness in Telepresence. In Proceedings of the ACM/SigCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2014).