Movement Coordination in Applied Human-Human and Human-Robot Interaction

  • Anna Schubö
  • Cordula Vesper
  • Mathey Wiesbeck
  • Sonja Stork
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4799)


The present paper describes a scenario for examining mechanisms of movement coordination in humans and robots. It is assumed that coordination can best be achieved when behavioral rules that shape movement execution in humans are also considered for human-robot interaction. Investigating and describing human-human interaction in terms of goal-oriented movement coordination is considered an important and necessary step for designing and describing human-robot interaction. In the present scenario, trajectories of hand and finger movements were recorded while two human participants performed a simple construction task either alone or with a partner. Different parameters of reaching and grasping were measured and compared in situations with and without workspace overlap. Results showed a strong impact of task demands on coordination behavior; especially the temporal parameters of movement coordination were affected. Implications for human-robot interaction are discussed.


Movement Coordination Joint Action Human-Human Interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Schubö
    • 1
  • Cordula Vesper
    • 1
  • Mathey Wiesbeck
    • 2
  • Sonja Stork
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Leopoldstr. 13, 80802 MunichGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstr. 15, 85747, GarchingGermany

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