"Seeing like a rover": Embodied experience on the mars exploration rover mission

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Abstract

Although they work with two non-humanoid robots located several million miles away, the distributed team that operates the Mars Exploration Rovers demonstrates an uncanny sympathy for their robotic teammates. This paper examines not only how the Rovers are anthropomorphized by the human team, but also how the team takes on characteristics of the Rovers while conducting science and operations on Mars. Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork with the Mars Rover mission, the paper places the configuration of the user in social context and probes the role of the machine as social resource, with implications for HCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages2523-2532
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 8 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Florence, Italy
Duration: Apr 5 2008Apr 10 2008

Other

Other28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period4/5/084/10/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Keywords

  • Affect
  • Anthropomorphism
  • Embodied computing
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Social robotics
  • Usability

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    Vertesi, J. (2008). "Seeing like a rover": Embodied experience on the mars exploration rover mission. 2523-2532. Paper presented at 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Florence, Italy. https://doi.org/10.1145/1358628.1358709