Power in Human-Robot Interaction

Yoyo Tsung Yu Hou, Eun Jeong Cheon, Malte F. Jung

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Power is a fundamental determinant of social life, yet it remains elusive in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). This paper unveils power's pervasive but largely unexplored role in HRI by systematically investigating its varied manifestations across HRI literature. We first introduce definitions of power and then delve into the existing HRI literature through a lens of power, examining studies that directly address power and those exploring power-related social configurations and concepts such as authority, dominance, and status. Leveraging Fiske and Berdahl's model and French and Raven's bases of power framework, we also explore the nuances of power in many HRI studies where power is not explicitly addressed. Finally, we propose power as a core concept to advance HRI-explaining fragmented existing findings through a coherent theory and delineating a cohesive theoretical trajectory for future investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHRI 2024 - Proceedings of the 2024 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9798400703225
StatePublished - Mar 11 2024
Event19th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2024 - Boulder, United States
Duration: Mar 11 2024Mar 15 2024

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148


Conference19th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • influence
  • power
  • power dynamics
  • social power
  • theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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