Introduction

Social robots are increasingly being studied as companions supporting and helping humans in different applications (e.g., home, healthcare, work spaces, public spaces, education, etc.). The study of robots acting as educational agents is an emerging field of social robotics. The last few years have seen the emergence, worldwide, of collaborative projects studying the role of robots in educational applications, for example, robots acting as tutors to support teachers and students, tools for therapy of children with autism, instructors in the factory, and learning companions in healthcare applications.

This workshop will bring together for the first time researchers interested in the design, development and evaluation of robots acting as educational agents. We anticipate the main outcome of the workshop to be the identification and investigation of open issues for educational robots, ranging from usability and personalization to long-term autonomy in real world environments.


Topics

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Robots acting as educational agents
  • Instructional robots
  • Personalised robotic tutors
  • Perception-action loops in educational robots
  • Frameworks for adaptive, real-time HRI
  • User engagement with educational robots
  • Design methodologies for educational robots
  • Evaluation of educational robots
  • Metrics of success for educational robots
  • Effects of embodiment/robotic platforms on learning
  • Affect, social bonding and learning
  • Robot ethics in educational/instructional applications

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