Theses and Dissertations


Yu-Wei Sun

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Strawderman, Lesley.

Committee Member

Carruth, Daniel W.

Committee Member

Smith, Brian

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


It is increasingly common for people to work alongside robots in a variety of situations. When a robot is completing a task, the handler of the robot may be present. It is important to know how people interact with the robot when the handler is next to the robot. Our study focuses on whether handler’s presence can affect human’s behavior toward the robot. Our experiment targets two different scenarios (handler present and handler absent) in order to find out human’s behavior change toward the robot. Results show that in the handler present scenario, people are less willing to interact with the robot. However, when people do interact with the robot, they tend to interact with both the handler and the robot. This suggests that researchers should consider the presence of a handler when designing for human-robot interactions.