Does a robot tutee increase children’s engagement in a learning-by-teaching situation?

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding


This paper presents initial attempts to combine a humanoid robot with the teachable agent approach. Several design choices are discussed, including the decision to use a robot instead of a virtual agent and which behaviours to implement in the robot. A pilot study explored how the interaction with a robot seemed to influence children’s engagement as well as their attribution of mental states to a robot and to a virtual agent. Eight children participated and the interaction was measured via an observational protocol and a conversational interview. A main outcome was large individual differences between the children’s interaction with the robot compared to the virtual agent.


External organisations
  • Lund University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)


  • Learning-by-teaching, Robot, Virtual agent
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Virtual Agents - 17th International Conference, IVA 2017, Proceedings
Number of pages4
Volume10498 LNAI
ISBN (Print)9783319674001
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch
Event17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2017 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 2017 Aug 272017 Aug 30

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10498 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2017

Related projects

View all (1)

Related infrastructure

View all (1)