Child-Robot Interaction Workshop @ Interaction Design and Children Conference IDC’14

CALL FOR PAPERS
CFP: Child-Robot Interaction @ Interaction Design and Children
Conference,
2014

Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction: Social bonding, Learning, and
Ethics.
http://www.childrobotinteraction.emote-project.eu/

In Cooperation with FP7 EU-project EMOTE.

Aarhus, Denmark.
17 June, 2014,

Scope
Children are an especially interesting target group for Human-Robot
Interaction research since they are often more willing than adults to
interact and engage with robots. Therefore, children are likely to
easily form a bond with a robot. Since research has suggested that when
empathy or support is provided (from a human or artificial source) learning is
improved, it is a logical step to use robots as teaching aids or
companions. However, robots that children bond with and/or learn from
are intended to affect individual well-being, and several ethical issues
should thus be considered, such as whether robots ought to be made to appear or
act humanlike, and whether they should be gendered. Furthermore, parents
and teachers are also important stakeholders when it comes to children’s
use of robots, either as social or learning companions.

Workshop Description & Focus
Child-Robot Interaction is a half-day workshop integrated in the
IDC’2014.
The focus of the Workshop comprises three main topics: Bonding,
Learning,
and Parents’ and Teachers’ perspectives on children’s interactions with
robots. Other important topics for the workshop are thus how we can make
sure that these robots really increase children’s well-being and how we
can take parents’ and teachers’ opinions and attitudes into account when
designing and evaluating robots for children.

Topics of interest
– Design and evaluation of robots for children
– How and when children bond to a robot
– Whether children can learn from or with a robot,
– Ethical issues related to the design of the robots or the context in
which they are used
– Experiences with designing and evaluating robots for such purposes.

Important dates
Paper Submission: April 14, 2014, 23:59 GMT
Authors’ notification: April 25, 2014
Workshop: June 17, 2014
Format: ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract Format, should not exceed 3 pages.

IMPORTANT
All the participants must register for the Workshop as well as for the
Conference.

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