The interaction between voice and appearance in the embodiment of a robot tutor

Hastie, H., Lohan, K., Deshmukh, A. , Broz, F. and Aylett, R. (2017) The interaction between voice and appearance in the embodiment of a robot tutor. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10652, pp. 64-74. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-70022-9_7)

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Robot embodiment is, by its very nature, holistic and understanding how various aspects contribute to the user perception of the robot is non-trivial. A study is presented here that investigates whether there is an interaction effect between voice and other aspects of embodiment, such as movement and appearance, in a pedagogical setting. An on-line study was distributed to children aged 11–17 that uses a modified Godspeed questionnaire. We show an interaction effect between the robot embodiment and voice in terms of perceived lifelikeness of the robot. Politeness is a key strategy used in learning and teaching, and here an effect is also observed for perceived politeness. Interestingly, participants’ overall preference was for embodiment combinations that are deemed polite and more like a teacher, but are not necessarily the most lifelike. From these findings, we are able to inform the design of robotic tutors going forward.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Paper presented at The Ninth International Conference on Social Robotics 22-24 November, 2017, Tsukuba, Japan .
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Deshmukh, Dr Amol
Authors: Hastie, H., Lohan, K., Deshmukh, A., Broz, F., and Aylett, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Online):1611-3349
Published Online:24 October 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG
First Published:First published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science 10652:64-74
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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