Robots are becoming part of children’s care, entertainment, education, social assistance and therapy. A steadily growing body of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) research shows that child-robot interaction (CRI) holds promises to support children’s development in novel ways.
However, research has shown that technologies that do not take into account children’s needs, abilities, interests, and developmental characteristics may have a limited or even negative impact on their physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development.
As a result, robotic technology that aims to support children via means of social interaction has to take the developmental perspective into consideration.
With this full-day workshop (the third of a successful series of workshops focusing on various aspects of CRI research), we aim to bring together researchers to discuss how a developmental perspective play a role for smart and natural interaction between robots and children.
We invite participants to share their experiences on the challenges of taking the developmental perspective in CRI, such as long-term sustained interactions in the wild, involving children and other stakeholders in the design process and more.
Looking across disciplinary boundaries, we hope to stimulate thought-provoking discussions on epistemology, methods, approaches, techniques, interaction scenarios and design principles focused on supporting children’s development through interaction with robotic technology.
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