Spatial and Other Social Engagement Cues in a Child-Robot Interaction: Effects of a Sidekick

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Marynel Vázquez (Disney Research Pittsburgh)
Aaron Steinfeld (Carnegie Mellon University)
Scott E. Hudson (Carnegie Mellon University, Disney Research Pittsburgh)
Jodi Forlizzi (Carnegie Mellon University, Disney Research Pittsburgh)

Human Robot Interaction (HRI) 2014

March 3, 2014

Spatial and Other Social Engagement Cues in a Child-Robot Interaction- Effects of a Sidekick-Image

In this study, we explored the impact of a co-located sidekick on child-robot interaction. We examined child behaviors while interacting with an expressive furniture robot and his robot lamp sidekick. The results showed that the presence of a sidekick did not alter child proximity, but did increase attention to spoken elements of the interaction. This suggests the addition of a co-located sidekick has potential to increase engagement but may not alter subtle physical interactions associated with personal space and group spatial arrangements. The findings also reinforce existing research by the community on proxemics and anthropomorphism.

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