Growing-Up Hand in Hand with Robots: Designing and Evaluating Child-Robot Interaction from a Developmental Perspective

Cristina Zaga, Vicky Charisi, Bob Schadenberg, Dennis Reidsma, Mark Neerincx, Tony Prescott, Michael Zillich, Paul Verschure, Vanessa Evers

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    Robots are becoming part of children's care, entertainment, education, social assistance and therapy. A steadily growing body of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) research shows that child-robot interaction (CRI) holds promises to support children's development in novel ways. However, research has shown that technologies that do not take into account children's needs, abilities, interests, and developmental characteristics may have a limited or even negative impact on their physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development. As a result, robotic technology that aims to support children via means of social interaction has to take the developmental perspective into consideration. With this workshop (the third of a series of workshops focusing CRI research), we aim to bring together researchers to discuss how a developmental perspective play a role for smart and natural interaction between robots and children. We invite participants to share their experiences on the challenges of taking the developmental perspective in CRI, such as long-term sustained interactions in the wild, involving children and other stakeholders in the design process and more. Looking across disciplinary boundaries, we hope to stimulate thought-provoking discussions on epistemology, methods, approaches, techniques, interaction scenarios and design principles focused on supporting children's development through interaction with robotic technology. Our goal does not only focus on the conception and formulation of the outcomes in the context of the workshop venue, but also on their establishment and availability for the HRI community in different forms
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHRI '17
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
    Place of PublicationNew York, NY
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4885-0
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
    Event12th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2017: Smart Interaction - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 6 Mar 20179 Mar 2017
    Conference number: 12


    Conference12th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2017
    Abbreviated titleHRI
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    • Child-robot interaction
    • Developmental perspective


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