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Challenges in Designing Teacher Robots with Motivation Based Gestures

Hae Seon Yun; Volha Taliaronak; Murat Kirtay; Johann Chevelère; Heiko Hübert; Verena V Hafner; Niels Pinkwart; Rebecca Lazarides


Abstract—Humanoid robots are increasingly being integrated into learning contexts to assist teaching and learning. However, challenges remain how to design and incorporate such robots in an educational context. As an important part of teaching includes monitoring the motivational and emotional state of the learner and adapting the interaction style and learning content accordingly, in this paper, we discuss the role of gestures displayed by a humanoid robot (i.e., Pepper robot) in a learning and teaching context and present our ongoing research on designing and developing a teacher robot. Index Terms—intrinsic motivation, gestures, robot teacher, HRI, learning companion