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Conference paper

Two People Walk Into a Bar: Dynamic Multi-Party Social Interaction with a Robot Agent, M.E. Foster, A. Gaschler, M. Giuliani, A. Isard, M. Pateraki, and R. Petrick, Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2012), pages 3-10, 2012.

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We introduce a humanoid robot bartender that is capable of dealing with multiple customers in a dynamic, multi-party social setting. The robot system makes use of state-of-the-art components for computer vision, linguistic processing, state management, high-level reasoning, and robot control. In a user evaluation, 31 participants interacted with the bartender in a range of social situations. Most customers successfully obtained a drink from the bartender in all scenarios, and the factors that had the greatest impact on subjective satisfaction were task success and dialogue efficiency.