In the project, led by Katharina Rohlfing and Kazuki Sekine, we are investigating the communicative behavior of preschool children towards social robots cross-culturally. During my research stay, we were able to test the study design and conduct first pilots.
I am pleased to announce that I successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis “This is autumn red! Learning morphologically complex words with social robots: The influence of a systematic variation of the pragmatic frame on long-term word learning in 4-5 year old children”.
In the symposium “From access to impact: a quality perspective on early childhood digital education”, organized by Franziska Cohen, I presented a study in which we analyzed the multimodal behavior of preschool children when they encountered difficulties to recall a learned word while learning with a social robot. The results may help inform future dialog design between young children and robots.
For a half-hour radio report, I was interviewed together with Franziska Viertel about the research on the widespread temperamental characteristic of shyness and how shyness can influence the interactive behavior of children in different contexts.