A study on the relationship between robotic movement with animacy and visual attention of young children

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Lee, J., Aoki, H., Stefanov, D., Yamamoto, T. and Obinata, G. 2016. A study on the relationship between robotic movement with animacy and visual attention of young children. 2016 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN). New York, NY, USA 26 - 31 Aug 2016 IEEE. pp. 682-687 https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2016.7745192
TypeConference paper
TitleA study on the relationship between robotic movement with animacy and visual attention of young children
AuthorsLee, J., Aoki, H., Stefanov, D., Yamamoto, T. and Obinata, G.
Abstract

Socially assistive robots have been used successfully for improvement of communication skills of young children. Such robots need to attract children's attention and stimulate sustainable interactions. Many recent research studies propose various approaches for increasing of interaction effectiveness of such robots. In this study, we investigate the effect of robotic movements with animacy on the visual attention of young children. For the experiments, we used the TurtleBot robot. The effect of three different robot movement patterns were explored with the conducted tests: simple circle movement, inanimated movement, and animated movement. Thirty four children (21 males, 13 females, Mean of ages: 4.5) participated in an experiment. Results show that robot movement raises visual attention. Most of the children demonstrated increased interest toward animated robotic movement than simple motion. The animated movement that elicits much interest depends on children's age. The findings of this study contribute to effective use of interactive robots in education and therapy of young children and children with developmental disorder.

LanguageEnglish
Conference2016 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)
Page range682-687
ISSN1944-9437
ISBN
Hardcover9781509039296
PublisherIEEE
Publication dates
Print17 Nov 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Jun 2019
Accepted07 May 2016
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2016.7745192
Book title2016 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) - New York, NY, USA
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