Co-creation as a facilitator for Co-regulation in child-robot interaction

Mike E.U. Ligthart, Mark A. Neerincx, Koen V. Hindriks

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Abstract

While interacting with a social robot, children have a need to express themselves and have their expressions acknowledged by the robot. A need that is often unaddressed by the robot, due to its limitations in understanding the expressions of children. To keep the child-robot interaction manageable the robot takes control, undermining children's ability to co-regulate the interaction. Co-regulation is important for having a fulfilling social interaction. We developed a co-creation activity that aims to facilitate more co-regulation. Children are enabled to create sound effects, gestures, and light shows for the robot to use during their conversation. Results from a user study (N = 59 school children, 7-11 y.o.) showed that the co-creation activity successfully facilitated co-regulation by improving children's agency. Co-creation furthermore increases children's acceptance of the robot.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2021 - Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE
Pages298-302
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450382908
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 8 Mar 202111 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148

Conference

Conference2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2021
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/03/2111/03/21

Keywords

  • Child-robot interaction
  • Co-creation
  • Co-regulation
  • User-study

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