In spring 2018, I joined the Industrial Design Study Tour to South-Korea & Japan. We spent a whole year preparing and researching to finally travel together for three weeks.
My research (executed with four other IDE students) was about the comparison of human-robot interaction in the Netherlands, South Korea, and Japan. The desk research before the tour led to the hypothesis that it is expected that the amount of robotics to be found in South Korea and Japan is higher and that the attitudes are, as a result, more open towards and accepting of social robots than in the Netherlands. The results and discussion of the field research in the three countries, existing of several surveys, company visits, the counting of robots and general insights, concluded that the hypothesis was correct.