Help-Giving Robot Behaviors in Child-Robot Games: Exploring Semantic Free Utterances

Cristina Zaga, Roelof A.J. De Vries, Sem J. Spenkelink, Khiet P. Truong, Vanessa Evers

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    We present initial findings from an experiment where we used Semantic Free Utterances vocalizations and sounds without semantic content as an alternative to Natural Language in a child-robot collaborative game. We tested (i) if two types of Semantic Free Utterances could be accurately recognized by the children; (ii) what effect the type of Semantic Free Utterances had as part of help-giving behaviors with in situ child-robot interaction. We discuss the potential benefits and pitfalls of Semantic Free Utterances for child-robot interaction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI 2016)
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-8369-1, 978-1-4673-8370-7
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


    • Child-robot interaction
    • Semantic free utterances


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