Posts made in April, 2010

Honorable Paper at CHI2010

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 in Event, Research | 0 comments

Our paper entitled “Expressive robots in education – Varying the degree of social supportive behavior of a robotic tutor” received an honorable mentioning from SIGCHI at the CHI2010 conference. This means that our paper has been within the top 5 percent of all full papers. Here is the abstract:

Teaching is inherently a social interaction between teacher and student. Despite this knowledge, many educational tools, such as vocabulary training  programs, still model the interaction in a tutoring scenario as unidirectional knowledge transfer rather than a social dialog. Therefore, ongoing research aims to develop virtual agents as more appropriate media in education. Virtual agents can induce the perception of a life-like social interaction partner that  communicates through natural modalities such as speech, gestures and emotional expressions. This effect can be additionally enhanced with a physical  robotic embodiment. This paper presents the development of social supportive behaviors for a robotic tutor to be used in a language learning application. The effect of these behaviors on the learning performance of students was evaluated. The results support that employing social supportive behavior increases  learning efficiency of students.


Saerbeck, M., & Bartneck, C. (2010). Expressive robots in education – Varying the degree of social supportive behavior of a robotic tutor. Proceedings of the 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2010), Atlanta. | DOI: 10.1145/1753326.1753567

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Metaverse1 project meeting

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in Event | 0 comments

We are the Metaverse1 project meeting in Nancy to discuss the progress and future plans of this European Project. Today Alex gave a successful presentation of his prototype although we were fighting with INRIA’s firewall. Some photos are available at our project’s website.

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