Towards long-term social child-robot interaction: using multi-activity switching to engage young users

Coninx, Alexandre and Baxter, Paul and Oleari, Elettra and Bellini, Sara and Bierman, Bert and Henkemans, Olivier Blanson and Canamero, Lola and Cosi, Piero and Enescu, Valentin and Espinoza, Raquel Ros and Hiolle, Antoine and Humbert, Remi and Kiefer, Bernd and Kruijff-korbayova, Ivana and Looije, Rosemarijn and Mosconi, Marco and Neerincx, Mark and Paci, Giulio and Patsis, Georgios and Pozzi, Clara and Sacchitelli, Francesca and Sahli, Hichem and Sanna, Alberto and Sommavilla, Giacomo and Tesser, Fabio and Demiris, Yiannis and Belpaeme, Tony (2016) Towards long-term social child-robot interaction: using multi-activity switching to engage young users. Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 5 (1). pp. 32-67. ISSN 2163-0364

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Abstract

Social robots have the potential to provide support in a number of practical domains, such as learning and behaviour change. This potential is particularly relevant for children, who have proven receptive to interactions with social robots. To reach learning and therapeutic goals, a number of issues need to be investigated, notably the design of an effective child-robot interaction (cHRI) to ensure the child remains engaged in the relationship and that educational goals are met. Typically, current cHRI research experiments focus on a single type of interaction activity (e.g. a game). However, these can suffer from a lack of adaptation to the child, or from an increasingly repetitive nature of the activity and interaction. In this paper, we motivate and propose a practicable solution to this issue: an adaptive robot able to switch between multiple activities within single interactions. We describe a system that embodies this idea, and present a case study in which diabetic children collaboratively learn with the robot about various aspects of managing their condition. We demonstrate the ability of our system to induce a varied interaction and show the potential of this approach both as an educational tool and as a research method for long-term cHRI.

Keywords:Case study,child-robot interaction,integrated system,knowledge gain,long-term interaction,motivation,multi-objective support,multiple activities, bmjdoi, NotOAChecked
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:28 Apr 2016 14:37

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