Effects of off-activity talk in human-robot interaction with diabetic children

Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova, Elettra Oleari, Ilaria Baroni, Bernd Kiefer, Mattia Coti Zelati, Clara Pozzi, Alberto Sanna

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

This paper presents the results from an experiment with a conversational human-robot interaction system aimed at long-term support for diabetic children. The system offers a set of activities aimed to help a child to improve its capability to manage diabetes. There is a large body of literature on the techniques that artificial agents can use to establish and maintain long-term social-emotional relationships with their users. The novel aspect in the present study is the inclusion of off-activity talk interspersed within talk pertaining the activity at hand and aimed to elicit the child's self-disclosure. The children in our study (N=20, age 11-14) were more interested to have another session with the robot when their interaction included also off-activity talk, even though there was no difference in the perception of the robot by the children between the groups with and without off-activity talk. Furthermore, individual interactions with the robot positively influenced the children's adherence to a therapy-related requirement, namely the filling in of a nutritional diary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE RO-MAN 2014 - 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication: Human-Robot Co-Existence: Adaptive Interfaces and Systems for Daily Life, Therapy, Assistance and Socially Engaging Interactions
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages649-654
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479967636
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2014
Event23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, IEEE RO-MAN 2014 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 25 2014Aug 29 2014

Other

Other23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, IEEE RO-MAN 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period8/25/148/29/14

    Fingerprint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Cite this

Kruijff-Korbayova, I., Oleari, E., Baroni, I., Kiefer, B., Zelati, M. C., Pozzi, C., & Sanna, A. (2014). Effects of off-activity talk in human-robot interaction with diabetic children. In IEEE RO-MAN 2014 - 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication: Human-Robot Co-Existence: Adaptive Interfaces and Systems for Daily Life, Therapy, Assistance and Socially Engaging Interactions (pp. 649-654). [6926326] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2014.6926326