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Activity switching in child-robot interaction : A hospital case study

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Author: Greeff, J. de · Janssen, J.B. · Looije, R. · Mioch, T. · Alpay, L. · Neerincx, M.A. · Baxter, P. · Belpaeme, T.
Source:5th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013, 27 October 2013 through 29 October 2013, Bristol, 8239 LNAI, 585-586
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Identifier: 488275
ISBN: 9783319026749
Keywords: Robotics · Information Society · Human · PCS - Perceptual and Cognitive Systems · BSS - Behavioural and Societal Sciences


A case study is presented in which a socially capable robot played multiple activities during multiple sessions with hospitalised children. In this paper we show how an environment was created in which children engage with the robot and feel at liberty to express their preferences regarding which activities to play. Valuable lessons regarding robot behaviour, control and setup that allow for such a multi-activity child-robot interaction scenario were learned. © Springer International Publishing 2013.