Effect of Adapting to Human Preferences on Trust in Human-Robot Teaming


  • Shreyas Bhat University of Michigan
  • Joseph B. Lyons Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Cong Shi Miami Herbert Business School
  • X. Jessie Yang University of Michigan




Human-robot Teaming, Adaptability And Trust, Trust-driven Interaction


We present the effect of adapting to human preferences on trust in a human-robot teaming task. The team performs a task in which the robot acts as an action recommender to the human. It is assumed that the behavior of the human and the robot is based on some reward function they try to optimize. We use a new human trust-behavior model that enables the robot to learn and adapt to the human's preferences in real-time during their interaction using Bayesian Inverse Reinforcement Learning. We present three strategies for the robot to interact with a human: a non-learner strategy, in which the robot assumes that the human's reward function is the same as the robot's, a non-adaptive learner strategy that learns the human's reward function for performance estimation, but still optimizes its own reward function, and an adaptive-learner strategy that learns the human's reward function for performance estimation and also optimizes this learned reward function. Results show that adapting to the human's reward function results in the highest trust in the robot.






Agent teaming in mixed-motive situations