Endowing a Robotic Tutor with Empathic Qualities: Design and Pilot Evaluation
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

As increasingly more research efforts are geared towards creating robots that can teach and interact with children in educational contexts, it has been speculated that endowing robots with artificial empathy may facilitate learning. In this paper, we provide a background to the concept of empathy, and how it factors into learning. We then present our approach to equipping a robotic tutor with several empathic qualities, describing the technical architecture and its components, a map-reading learning scenario developed for an interactive multitouch table, as well as the pedagogical and empathic strategies devised for the robot. We also describe the results of a pilot study comparing the robotic tutor with these empathic qualities against a version of the tutor without them. The pilot study was performed with 26 school children aged 10-11 at their school. Results revealed that children in the test condition indeed rated the robot as more empathic than children in the control condition. Moreover, we explored several related measures, such as relational status and learning effect, yet no other significant differences were found. We further discuss these results and provide insights into future directions.

empathic

education

empathy

children

robot

tutor

Författare

Mohammad Obaid

Uppsala universitet

Ruth Aylett

Heriot-Watt University

Wolmet Barendregt

Göteborgs universitet

Christina Basedow

Vancouver Island University

Lee Corrigan

University of Birmingham

Lynne Hall

University of Sunderland

Aidan Jones

University of Birmingham

Arvid Kappas

Jacobs University Bremen

Dennis Küster

Universität Bremen

Ana Paiva

Universidade de Lisboa

Fotis Papadopoulos

University of Plymouth

Sofia Serholt

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign (Chalmers)

Ginevra Castellano

Uppsala universitet

International Journal of Humanoid Robotics

0219-8436 (ISSN)

Vol. 15 6 1850025

Ämneskategorier

Lärande

Pedagogik

Människa-datorinteraktion (interaktionsdesign)

Robotteknik och automation

Datorseende och robotik (autonoma system)

DOI

10.1142/S0219843618500251

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