Children's Adaptation in Multi-session Interaction with a Humanoid Robot

TitleChildren's Adaptation in Multi-session Interaction with a Humanoid Robot
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsNalin, M., Baroni I., Kruijff-Korbayová I., Cañamero L., Lewis M., Beck A., Cuayáhuitl H., & Sanna A.
Name of Proceedings2012 IEEE RO-MAN: The 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
ISSN Number1944-9445

This work presents preliminary observations from a study of children (N=19, age 5–12) interacting in multiple sessions with a humanoid robot in a scenario involving game activities. The main purpose of the study was to see how their perception of the robot, their engagement, and their enjoyment of the robot as a companion evolve across multiple interactions, separated by one-two weeks. However, an interesting phenomenon was observed during the experiment: most of the children soon adapted to the behaviors of the robot, in terms of speech timing, speed and tone, verbal input formulation, nodding, gestures, etc. We describe the experimental setup and the system, and our observations and preliminary analysis results, which open interesting questions for further research.