Applying the Rasch Model to Measure Kansei Responses to Fabric Seats

Fabio Camargo
University of Leeds, School of Mechanical Engineering, UK

Kenji Kawano
Toyota Boshoku Corporation, Evaluation and Engineering Division, Japan

Kazuyuki Motohata
Toyota Boshoku Corporation, Evaluation and Engineering Division, Japan

Kazuki Hayashi
Toyota Boshoku Corporation, Evaluation and Engineering Division, Japan

Brian Henson
University of Leeds, School of Mechanical Engineering, UK

Tatsuo Kawai
Toyota-Boshoku Corporation, BR-SNW Department, Japan

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Ingår i: KEER2014. Proceedings of the 5th Kanesi Engineering and Emotion Research; International Conference; Linköping; Sweden; June 11-13

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 100:50, s. 595-605

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Publicerad: 2014-06-11

ISBN: 978-91-7519-276-5

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper is concerned with the empirical development of a scale to measure tactile interaction based on users’ experience with fabric seats. Volunteers slid their fingertips over samples of fabric; giving their ratings against kansei statements. Physical interaction was established by the friction coefficient of the contact measured through two different devices. Firstly; a commercially available metallic probe was used. The mechanism is designed to collect data within the frequency range that can be perceived by humans. Secondly; a tactile tribometer using a multiple layer model to mimic human characteristics was used. Scales of measurement were established through the Rasch model. As a result; a linear metric was obtained for samples of fabric; which allowed the alignment of the responses with the physical properties associated with the materials’ roughness and coefficient of friction.


Kansei Measurement; Evaluation; Rasch Model; Fabric Seats; Friction.


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