Spatial referring expressions in child-robot interaction: let’s be ambiguous!

Wallbridge, C.D, Lemaignan, S, Senft, E, Edmunds, C.E.R ORCID: 0000-0002-0524-8756 and Belpaeme, T (2018) 'Spatial referring expressions in child-robot interaction: let’s be ambiguous!' In: Johal, W, Kennedy, J, Charisi, V, Park, H.W, Castellano, G and Dillenbourg, P, eds. Proceedings of R4L @ HRI 2018: Robots for Learning - Inclusive Learning. Robots for Learning, Lausanne.

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Establishing common ground when attempting to disambiguate spatial locations is difficult at the best of times, but is even more challenging between children and robots. Here, we present a study that examined how 94 children (aged 5-8) communicate spatial locations to other children, adults and robots in face-to-face interactions. While standard HRI implementations focus on non-ambiguous statements, we found this only comprised about 20% of children’s task based utterances. Rather, they rely on brief, iterative, repair statements to communicate about spatial locations. Our observations offer strong experimental evidence to inform future dialogue systems for robots interacting with children.

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This workshop was part of the Robots for Learning series of workshops that took place at HRI'18: the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Chicago, IL, USA, 5-8 March.

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