You've Got a Friend in Me: Children and Search Agents

Monica Landoni, Theo W.C. Huibers, Emiliana Murgia, Maria Soledad Pera

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Children turn to online search tools to complete classroom-related assignments. Unfortunately, these tools are rarely explicitly tailored to meet children's needs and skills. We seek to design a Search Agent (SA) for children in the context of education; one that can foster natural, effective and rewarding interactions in the educational context. To do so, we build on previous explorations of children's interactions with search tools and study how they imagine a SA that can help with assignments required online quests: What are the pragmatic and hedonistic qualities of such SA? Also, do previous experience and familiarity with search technology affect children's preferences? We involved in our study children ages 10-11 and inquired on factors that define their overall experience with a SA. We outline the steps of our research and the emerging lessons learned so that they can guide the design of a SA.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUMAP 2020 Adjunct - Adjunct Publication of the 28th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7950-2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2020
Event28th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization, UMAP 2020 - Genoa, Italy
Duration: 14 Jul 202017 Jul 2020
Conference number: 28


Conference28th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization, UMAP 2020
Abbreviated titleUMAP


  • Agent
  • Assistants
  • Children
  • Classroom
  • Drawing
  • Experience
  • Interface
  • Personification
  • Search
  • n/a OA procedure

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