Lateral Literature Search

Source paper:

Sun YC, Effati M, Naguib HE, Nejat G. SoftSAR: The New Softer Side of Socially Assistive Robots-Soft Robotics with Social Human-Robot Interaction Skills. Sensors (Basel). 2022 Dec 30;23(1):432. doi: 10.3390/s23010432.

Root Paper:

Laschi, Cecilia, Barbara Mazzolai, and Matteo Cianchetti. “Soft robotics: Technologies and systems pushing the boundaries of robot abilities.” Science robotics 1.1 (2016): eaah3690. doi: 10.1126/scirobotics.aah3690

Related work 1:

Jørgensen, J., Bojesen, K.B. & Jochum, E. Is a Soft Robot More “Natural”? Exploring the Perception of Soft Robotics in Human–Robot Interaction. Int J of Soc Robotics 14, 95–113 (2022).

Related work 2:

Jorgensen, J (Jorgensen, Jonas); Christiansen, MB (Christiansen, Mads Bering). The Sounds of Softness. Designing Sound for Human-Soft Robot Interaction. Front. Robot. AI, 12 October 2021. doi: 10.3389/frobt.2021.674121

I started off by thinking about what topic I wanted to explore. After choosing social soft robotics I went to Web of Science to explore. After deciding on my source paper that was interesting and had a decent amount of references (30-50), I started scrolling through the references. I mainly looked for what had the best ratio of citations and references, because I wanted a reputable and well-sourced root paper, but also needed one with a lot of citations of course. Web of Science also said this root paper was highly cited that was a good sign for me. I think started scrolling through the citations looking for interesting titles that tipped me off. I used command-F too narrow down the search and opened many papers in separate tabs instead of sifting through every article. The words social and human brought me a lot of results. I then read the abstracts to narrow down the good ones that were in the realm of humanizing soft robots or making social robots.

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