Investigating the Relationship between Connection, Agency and Autonomy for Controlling a Robot Arm for Remote Social Physical Interaction

Abstract

An open challenge in current telecommunication systems including Skype and other existing research systems is a lack of physical interaction, and consequently a restricted feeling of connection for users. For example, those telecommunication systems cannot allow remote users to move pieces of a board game while playing with a local user. We propose that installing a robot arm and teleoperating it can address the problem by enabling remote physical interaction. We compare three methods for remote control to study the relationship between connection, and how it relates to agency and autonomy for each control scheme.