First Advisor

Plantz-Masters, Shari

Second Advisor

Hart, Douglas

Third Advisor

Blumenthal, Richard


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Computer and Information Technology


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

120 pages


This research study consists of an assessment of participants' awareness of robotics in general and also their acceptance and consumer demand for mobile, humanoid robots in the role of robotic waiters in restaurants. The study also includes the awareness and consumer demand for Microsoft Surface Computers to be potentially used as restaurant tables capable of electronic order entry, payment, and entertainment. The social impacts of such high technology upon the human occupation of waiter or waitress were also examined relative to the resistance to automation from current human wait staff. The overall results of the study were luke-warm demand for robotic waiters, strong demand for Microsoft Surface Computers, and resistance to robotic waiters among most wait staff.

Date of Award

Summer 2010

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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