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  • Tue

    [Talk] Sangseok You: Technology with Embodied Action: Promoting Effectiveness of Teams Working with Robots

    12:00 pm - 01:00 pmNQ 2435 (Space 2435), North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor MI 48109


    Sangseok You from the School of Information will be giving a practice job talk on Jan. 10 (Tues), noon-1PM in Space 2435 on methods to increase performance and viability in teams working with robots.

    Light lunch will be provided, please let us know if you will be there (so that we know how much food to prepare!).

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    Robots are increasingly being adopted many types of teams. Unlike other technologies such as group support systems, database systems, and word processors, robots can be unique due to its physical embodiment. Inclusion and interaction with robots can reshape teamwork, which warrants investigations on how teams working with robots promote their performance and facilitate good relationships within teams. In this talk, I will describe my work on examining a few ways to increase performance and viability in teams working with robots. The talk involves a study of emotional attachment to robots that increase team outcomes as the main portion, along with a brief overview of my research agenda that has been developed through years of my Ph.D. study. In the emotional attachment study, I will report results from a lab-experiment with 57 teams working with robots that consisted of two humans and two robots. When performing a collaborative team task, teams that built their robots and perceived team identification felt higher emotional attachment, which resulted in better team performance and viability. My work demonstrates that emotional bonds to the physically embodied artifact can benefit team outcomes, and the benefit requires unique approaches to foster in the context of teams working with robots. I will detail the study and implications for future of teamwork with robots.



    Sangseok You is a Ph.D. candidate in information at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI), advised by Lionel Robert. His research lies at the intersection of information systems, teams, and human-computer interaction with a focus on understanding how teams working with robot operate and promote the effectiveness of teamwork. He received BBA in Business Administration in 2009 and MS in Human-computer interaction in 2012 from Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea.