Project team

Roy Haex, Luuk Beursgens, Liang Hiah, Lilia Perez-Remero & Yu-Fang Teh


Emilia Barakova(TU/e) & Roos van Berkel (TU/e AHK)


Hiah, L., Beurgens, L., Haex, R., Perez Romero, L., Teh, Y., ten Bhomer, M., van Berkel, R., and Barakova, E. (2013). Abstract Robots with an Attitude: Applying Interpersonal Relation Models to Human Robot Interaction. RO-MAN 2013 Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication.

Ambient-intelligent closet

In the field of HCI, researchers have often assumed that theories for human-human interaction are applicable to human-computer interaction. The paradigm that is often used for designing the behavior of such systems is one that mimics interpersonal interaction. Digital and electronic systems are often personified by means of ascribing human attributes to them. Under the tendency to personify digital systems lies the assumption that such systems may, to a certain extent, function and communicate more efficiently with humans by acting like humans would.

In this project, we developed lighting patterns of an intelligent walk-in closet that resemble dominantly or submissively behavior. The goal was to offer insights into whether humans react to the behaviors of ambient intelligent systems in the same way that they would react to those of other individuals.

A surprising effect was revealed as participants with a dominant personality reported feeling submissive to a dominant system, while in comparison, persons with a submissive personality felt more dominant in the same condition. Furthermore, it was found that a submissive system was generally more preferred by users.

We concluded that users might interact differently with systems that show human-like behaviors, than they would in response to similar behavior expressed by other people.

© Roy Haex, 1987 - 2016