Educational robots

Robotics is now one of a few technologies that have the potential to have an impact over the next few decades similar to the one that the Internet has today. One of the main reasons is that new robotics applications are extending the role of robots beyond jobs that humans do not want or cannot do to socially assistive scenarios that aim to help people in more personal ways and provide not only physical, but also social support. In this context, we investigate how robots can be used as educational agents to support students’ learning. In addition to the technological advancements required to achieve this objective, we are interested in how robots can be used as a support for teachers in a classroom environment and how they can be integrated in the design of new engaging scenarios for learning.

Selected Publications

Alves Oliveira, P., Sequeira, P., Melo, F., Castellano, G., Paiva, A. (2019). Empathic Robot for Group Learning: A Field Study. ACM Transactions in Human-Robot Interaction, 8(1). [PDF]

Obaid, M., Aylett, R., Barendregt, W., Basedow, C. A., Corrigan, L. J., Hall, L., Jones, A., Kappas, A., Küster, D., Paiva, A., Papadopoulos, F., Serholt, S., & Castellano, G. (2018). Endowing a Robotic Tutor with Empathic Qualities: Exploring Children’s Learning and Perceptions. International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, 15(6). [preprint]

Jones, A., Bull, S., & Castellano, G. (2018). “I Know That Now, I’m Going to Learn This Next” Promoting Self-regulated Learning with a Robotic Tutor. International Journal of Social Robotics, 10(4),439-454. [PDF]

Papadopoulos, F. Küster, D. Corrigan, L. J., Kappas, A., & Castellano, G. (2016). Do relative positions and proxemics affect the engagement in a human-robot collaborative scenario? Interaction Studies, 17 (3). [PDF]