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Affective Personalization of a Social Robot Tutor for Children's Second Language Skills
We developed an integrated experimental paradigm in which children play a second-language learning game on a tablet, in collaboration with a fully autonomous social robotic learning companion. Expand
Can Children Catch Curiosity from a Social Robot?
We show that some of the child’s curiosity measures are significantly higher after interacting with a curious robot, compared to a non-curious one, while others do. Expand
Affect-Aware Student Models for Robot Tutors
We present a novel extension to the BKT model that uses affective data, derived autonomously from video records of children playing an interactive story-telling game with a robot, to infer student knowledge of reading skills. Expand
Bayesian Active Learning-Based Robot Tutor for Children's Word-Reading Skills
We developed a Bayesian active-learning algorithm that continuously and efficiently assesses a child's word-reading skills and implemented it in a social robot. Expand
Growing Growth Mindset with a Social Robot Peer
This work explores a novel paradigm to foster a growth mindset in young children where they play a puzzle solving game with a peer-like social robot. Expand
Motor-Sensory Confluence in Tactile Perception
Perception involves motor control of sensory organs. However, the dynamics underlying emergence of perception from motor-sensory interactions are not yet known. Two extreme possibilities are asExpand
Lessons from teachers on performing HRI studies with young children in schools
We deployed an autonomous social robotic learning companion in three preschool classrooms at an American public school for two months. Expand
A Curious Emergence of Reaching
We implement a model of hierarchical curiosity loops in an autonomous active learning robot, whereby each loop converges to the optimal action that maximizes the robot’s learning of the appropriate transformation. Expand
Human-Robot-Collaboration (HRC): Social Robots as Teaching Assistants for Training Activities in Small Groups
Can we find real value for educational social robots in the very near future? We argue that the answer is yes. Specifically, in a classroom we observed, we identified a common gap: the instructorExpand
Learning to Maintain Engagement: No One Leaves a Sad DragonBot
We used a social robot platform, DragonBot, that learned which of its social behaviors retained human engagement. Expand