Eduardo Benitez Sandoval

Scientia Fellow
Scientia Fellow (Level A)

Dr. Eduardo B. Sandoval is a social robotics researcher, his work spans different aspects of social robotics, such as Reciprocity in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), robots and education, robots and healthcare, and addiction to robots among other topics. Mainly, He is interested in how people make decisions when they interact with robots and other interactive devices. Beyond traditional robotics, there is a growing interest in the idea of designing machines that are capable of meaningful social interactions with humans. His work incorporates insights from behavioural economics and social psychology in order to explore different approaches in social robotics. About his own work, Dr. Sandoval claims:  "I can say as a result of working in social robotics I have a better understanding of the human condition".

Journal articles
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Cappuccio ML; Galliott JC; Sandoval EB, 2021, 'Saving Private Robot: Risks and Advantages of Anthropomorphism in Agent-Soldier Teams', International Journal of Social Robotics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-021-00755-z
2021
Cappuccio ML; Sandoval EB; Mubin O; Obaid M; Velonaki M, 2021, 'Robotics Aids for Character Building: More than Just Another Enabling Condition', International Journal of Social Robotics, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-021-00756-y
2021
Sandoval EB; Brandstatter J; Yalcin U; Bartneck C, 2020, 'Robot Likeability and Reciprocity in Human Robot Interaction: Using Ultimatum Game to determinate Reciprocal Likeable Robot Strategies', International Journal of Social Robotics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-020-00658-5
2020
Cappuccio ML; Sandoval EB; Mubin O; Obaid M; Velonaki M, 2020, 'Can Robots Make Us Better Humans?', International Journal of Social Robotics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-020-00700-6
2020
Benitez Sandoval E; Brandstatter J; Yalcin U; Bartneck C, 2020, 'Robot Likeability and Reciprocity in Human Robot Interaction: Using Ultimatum Game to determinate Reciprocal Likeable Robot Strategies', International Journal of Social Robotics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-020-00658
2020
Li B; Zhao K; Sandoval EB, 2020, 'A UWB-Based Indoor Positioning System Employing Neural Networks', Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41651-020-00059-2
2020
Sandoval EB; Brandstetter J; Obaid M; Bartneck C, 2016, 'Reciprocity in Human-Robot Interaction: A Quantitative Approach Through the Prisoner’s Dilemma and the Ultimatum Game', International Journal of Social Robotics, vol. 8, pp. 303 - 317, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-015-0323-x
2016
Other
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Johal W; Sandygulova A; Bruno B; Olsen JK; Chetouani M; Lemaignan S (eds.), 2021, Virtual Characters versus Social Robots: A Future Comparative Study of Social Agents for English Language Teaching, https://robot4learning.github.io/, https://robot4learning.github.io/, https://robot4learning.github.io/
2021
Conference Papers
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Sandoval EB; Shi J; Cruz-Sandoval D; Li B; Cappuccio M; Rosenbaum S, 2021, 'A prototype of a robot memory game: Exploring the technical limitations of human-robot interaction in a playful context', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 195 - 199, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3434074.3447158
2021
Cruz-Sandoval D; Morales-Tellez A; Sandoval EB; Favela J, 2020, 'A social robot as therapy facilitator in interventions to deal with dementia-related behavioral symptoms', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 161 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3319502.3374840
2020
Benitez Sandoval E; Cruz Sandoval D; Favela J, 2020, 'Functional Aesthetic Design of Therapy robots:Towards Strong Concepts for HRI.', in Luppeti M; ZAGA C; CILA N (eds.), NAPLES, ITALY, presented at Workshop at the 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2020, NAPLES, ITALY, 31 August 2020 - 31 August 2020, http://hridesign.eu/assets/pdf/Sandoval%20et%20al.pdf
2020
Benitez Sandoval E; Li B; Diakite A; Zhao K; Oliver N; Bednarz T; Zlatanova S, 2020, 'A Visually Impaired User Experience using a 3D-Enhanced Facility Management System for Indoors Navigation', in ICMI, Ultrech, Netherlands (online), presented at International Conference of Multimodal Interaction, Ultrech, Netherlands (online), 25 October 2020 - 29 October 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3395035.3425247
2020
Caudwell C; Lacey C; Sandoval EB, 2019, 'The (Ir)relevance of robot cuteness: An exploratory study of emotionally durable robot design.', in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, ACM, pp. 64 - 72, presented at OZCHI'19: 31ST AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE ON HUMAN-COMPUTER-INTERACTION, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3369457.3369463
2019
Sandoval EB, 2019, 'Addiction to Social Robots: A Research Proposal', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Daegu, South Korea, pp. 526 - 527, presented at ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Daegu, South Korea, 11 March 2019 - 14 March 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2019.8673143
2019
Beiboer J; Sandoval EB, 2019, 'Validating the Accuracy of Imaged-Based Research into the Uncanny Valley: An Experimental Proposal', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Daegu, pp. 608 - 609, presented at ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Daegu, 11 March 2019 - 14 March 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2019.8673261
2019
Al-Badry M; Sandoval EB, 2019, 'Possibilities in Robot Stop-Motion', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Daegu, pp. 576 - 577, presented at ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Daegu, 12 March 2019 - 14 March 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2019.8673129
2019
Sosa R; Montiel M; Sandoval EB; Mohan RE, 2018, 'Robot ergonomics: Towards human-centred and robot-inclusive design', in Proceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN, pp. 2323 - 2334, http://dx.doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0137
2018
Sandoval EB; Brown S; Velonaki M, 2018, 'How the inclusion of design principles contribute to the development of social robots', in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, pp. 535 - 538, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3292147.3292239
2018
Sandoval EB; Sosa R; Montiel M, 2018, 'Robot-Ergonomics: A Proposal for a Framework in HRI', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 233 - 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3173386.3177056
2018
Cruz-Sandoval D; Favela J; Sandoval EB, 2018, 'Strategies to Facilitate the Acceptance of a Social Robot by People with Dementia', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 95 - 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3173386.3177081
2018
Brandstetter J; Beckner C; Sandoval EB; Bartneck C, 2017, 'Persistent Lexical Entrainment in HRI', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Vienna, Austria, pp. 63 - 72, presented at 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Vienna, Austria, 06 March 2017 - 09 March 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2909824.3020257
2017
Cruz-Sandoval D; Eyssel F; Favela J; Sandoval EB, 2017, 'Towards a conversational corpus for human-robot conversations', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Vienna, Austria, pp. 99 - 100, presented at 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference, Vienna, Austria, 06 March 2017 - 09 March 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3029798.3038344
2017
Rudhru O; Ser QM; Sandoval E, 2016, 'Robot maori haka: Robots as cultural preservationists', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 569, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2016.7451860
2016
Sandoval EB; Rudhru O; Ser QM, 2016, 'The birth of a new discipline: Robotology. A first robotologist study over a robot Maori Haka', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 511 - 512, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2016.7451831
2016
Ser QM; Rudhru O; Sandoval EB, 2016, 'Robot maori haka', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 549, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2016.7451850
2016
Sandoval EB; Brandstetter J; Bartneck C, 2016, 'Can a robot bribe a human? The measurement of the negative side of reciprocity in human robot interaction', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 117 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2016.7451742
2016
Obaid M; Sandoval EB; Zlotowski J; Moltchanova E; Basedow CA; Bartneck C, 2016, 'Stop! That is close enough. How body postures influence human-robot proximity', in 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2016, pp. 354 - 361, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2016.7745155
2016
Sandoval EB; Mubin O, 2015, 'Making HRI accessible to everyone through online videos: A proposal for a μmOOC in human robot interaction', in Proceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, pp. 60 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333679
2015
Bartneck C; Soucy M; Fleuret K; Sandoval EB, 2015, 'The robot engine - Making the unity 3D game engine work for HRI', in Proceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, pp. 431 - 437, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333561
2015
Mubin O; Obaid M; Fjeld M; Sandoval E, 2015, 'Using video preferences to understand the human perception of real and fictional robots', in HAI 2015 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, pp. 33 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2814940.2814958
2015
Sandoval EB; Mubin O; Obaid M, 2014, 'Human robot interaction and fiction: A contradiction', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 54 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11973-1_6
2014
Brandstetter J; Rácz P; Beckner C; Sandoval EB; Hay J; Bartneck C, 2014, 'A peer pressure experiment: Recreation of the Asch conformity experiment with robots', in IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 1335 - 1340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2014.6942730
2014
Benítez Sandoval E; Penaloza C, 2012, 'Children's knowledge and expectations about robots: A survey for future user-centered design of social robots', in HRI'12 - Proceedings of the 7th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 107 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2157689.2157708
2012
Benitez Sandoval E; Reyes Castillo M; Rey Galindo JA, 2011, 'Perceptions and knowledge about robots in children of 11 years old in México City.', in Billard A; Kahn P; Adams JA; Trafton G (eds.), HRI '11 Proceedings of the 6th international conference on Human-robot interaction, ACM, Lausanne, Switzerland, pp. 113 - 114, presented at international conference on Human-robot interaction, Lausanne, Switzerland, 06 March 2011 - 09 March 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1957656.1957687
2011
Sandoval EB; Reyes M; Rey JA, 2011, 'Perceptions and knowledge about robots in children of 11 years old in México City', in HRI 2011 - Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 113 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1957656.1957687
2011
Patents
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Benitez Sandoval E; Tellez Leon S; Castillo Elizalde HA, 2019, Industrial Model of Social Interfaz for Service Robot, Mexico, Patent No. MX/f/2017/002789, Patent Agent:Mexican Institute of Intelectual Property, https://vidoc.impi.gob.mx/visor?d=MX/2019/5763
2019
Conference Presentations
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Benitez Sandoval E, 2019, 'Addiction to Robots: From Science Fiction Representation to Real Addiction', presented at THE 4TH JOINT UAE SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL ROBOTICS, Abu Dabhi, UAE, 03 February 2019 - 06 February 2019, https://wp.nyu.edu/jssr/program/
2019
Benitez Sandoval E, 2018, 'Robot addiction: From science fiction representation to real addiction.', presented at ROBOTS & AI IN SOCIETY: Socio-psychological, cultural-economic, and ethico-political aspects of living with artificial autonomous agents, Parramata, NSW, Australia, 08 November 2018 - 22 February 2019, https://dhrg.uws.edu.au/robots-ai-confr/program/
2018
Benitez Sandoval E, 2018, 'Data visualization of Human-Robot Interaction variables in realistic scenarios.', presented at OzViz 2018, Sydney, Australia, 22 November 2018 - 23 November 2018, https://sites.google.com/site/ozvizworkshop/ozviz-2018/program
2018
Reports
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Benitez Sandoval E; Castillo H; Tellez S; Teran E; Pelaez de la Huerta CS; Nava Casiano M; Carrillo J; Corella M; Peñaloza C; Chouza C; Palacios G; Flores K; Quijada D; Bahena E; Mendoza Gutierrez LE, 2019, Robot Nurse for Patient's Lifting, Internal Report of Libersalus SA. de CV. for INADEM, Mexico, Mexico City, No applicable
2019
Conference Posters
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Benitez Sandoval E; Brown SA; Velonaki M, (ed.), 2018, 'How the inclusion of design principles contribute to the development of social robots', Melbourne, Australia, pp. 535 - 538, presented at OzCHI 2018, Melbourne, Australia, 05 December 2018 - 07 December 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3292147.3292239
2018

1st Place Video HRI Award, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2016 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on, 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2016.
30 promising young mexicans, CNN  Expansion Magazine , Mexico, 2015.
Medal Alfonso Caso 2012, National Autonomous University of Mexico, best student graduated in 2012 of the Master of Industrial Design, 128 awards for a total population of  28,000 graduate students, Mexico,  September, 2014.
Honorific Mention, Startup Weekend Christchurch,  project FoodFlow, March 2014.
Audience Award for the Model of Reciprocity in HRI, Showcase 2012,  University of Canterbury Postgraduate Student Association, 2012.
NEC NZ Ltd Scholarship, 2012-2015.
UC Doctoral Scholarship, 2013-2016.
Conacyt  International PhD Scholarship, 2013-2016.
Conacyt National Scholarship, 2011.
Conacyt  Master National scholarship, 2009-2011.
IPN-PIFI scholarship, 1998-1999.
Several awards in high school, and primary school.

  • Reciprocity in Human-Robot Interaction.
  • Design of Social  Robots and Human Robot Interaction.
  • Interest in Robots and Society. I.e., Moral Robots, Education and robots, Healthcare and robots.
Benitez Sandoval E, 2020, Social robots show promise for future pandemics. The early adoption of social robots, in the healthcare and service industries, illustrates their potential to assist in future crises., UNSW, Sydney, Australia, https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/art-architecture-design/social-robots-show-promise-future-pandemics
2020
Melrose L; Benitez Sandoval E, 2019, Robotics and the potential to improve access to rights for people with disabilities, Australian Human Rights Institute, Sydney, Australia, https://www.humanrights.unsw.edu.au/news/robotics-and-potential-improve-access-rights-people-disabilities
2019
Nichols J; Shakespeare T; Kayess R, 2018, Robotics and the disability care sector: opportunity or threat?, UNSW Newsroom, Kensington, Australia, https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/social-affairs/robotics-and-disability-care-sector-opportunity-or-threat
2018

Research Foundations