“How can robots be used in the school of the future?”

robot at school


EMOTE was recently featured in two swedish newspapers, Metro and Göteborgs-Posten. Students from Djupedal School in Mölnlycke got to meet the robot NAO.

“Robots are becoming more common both in industry, in healthcare and in households. It is a new technology that you want to explore a little more”, says Sofia Serholt, faculty and graduate student who, along with associate professor Wolmet Barendregt , conducted the meetings at Lindholmen.

“It is important that research is aware not only of what you can do, but what you want to do with robots. We must have an ethical consensus and a user perspective” said Sofia.

The students also provided great feedback about the robot:

Isaac Modén, Emil Wiklund, Emma Grauss, Axel Werner and Linnea Lundgren agreed that Naoroboten need to have legs to move and help more students.

When asked what a robot must be able to, they replied :

– The need to help everyone and speak clearly. But it must not fight or be too strict.

– It would be funny if it can play games, kick the ball and play. But it would be scary if it looked like a human.

– I wish I could buy our own, said Axel and Linnea concurred.

– I would choose a robot that takes care of the household at my parents when they are tired after work.


You can watch some fun videos of the NAO robot interacting with the children:


Or read the full articles (in Swedish) here:





“Hi, I’m NAO, your new teacher!”

In recent news, EMOTE was featured in an article by the German Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungIt portrays NAO’s newest job: being a teacher.

The robots of the future should be able to assess whether a child is bored or if it is overwhelmed. He should be able to read the mood of the student from the posture or facial expressions and respond accordingly with gestures and words.

NAO must obviously learn a lot before one can release it to the students and use it as an additional tool in the instructional design. However, he can work best with pupils work in a small group. In a whole class he was hopelessly overwhelmed.A well-known shortcoming that he shares with many of his human colleagues.


EMOTE is not only an educational robot but also promotes empathy and emotional bonding, the base foundations for a unique relationship robot-student. Professor Arvid Kappas, from the Jacobs University in Bremen, tells how students are reacting to the use of robots for educational purposes.

“The students are thrilled with the project”, says Arvid Kappas from the Jacobs University in Bremen. “They take the robot seriously, he motivates them to learn.”

You can read the rest of the article (in German) here:

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Robot Tutors: a recap of EMOTE project

EMOTE studies the pedagogical, emphatic and human interactions that define teaching methods, in order to implement them in robotic tutors. This project not only studies the empathetic engagement between learners and robotic tutors, but also how it will be beneficial for the learning process.

eMote riskScenarioThe purpose is to engage learners in emphatic interactions with robots and other learners, facilitating the learning process. The proposed teaching area is Geography and the learning interactions will use a multitouch table. The robot senses the learner’s behavior, models their interactions on the multitouch table software, and interacts with them via speech, sounds and gestures.

Two showcases learning scenarios were settled in the subject of Geography: one focuses on map reading skills and the other on energy usage and the environment.

enercitiesA gamified method has been considered, in order to engage the learner to the geographical content. Two distinct “games” are currently being used: a Treasure Hunt, allowing the learner to engage in map reading related tasks, designed by the consortium, and enerCities, an EU game by Paladin Studios, in The Netherlands, that allows the student to explore environmental issues.

To collect the data on the human-robot interactions, sensors are being used to record all the available information. EMOTE is using Kinect Windows to capture the student’s hand movement on the desktop, and Q sensors to measure affective states (arousal) in the pupil via elector-dermal readings. Lastly, camera and facial recognition software are also being used, supporting the collected data for further evaluations.

EMOTE suggests a new interaction of robotic hardware, interactive and sensing software and other technological features to ease and support empathic robotic tutor interactions with the user.

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EMOTE’s joint paper nominated for best “late breaking report” at HRI

“Mixing Implicit and Explicit Probes: Finding a Ground Truth for Engagement in Social Human-Robot Interaction” was a nominee for “Late Breaking report” best paper award at HRI2014.

The paper was written by Lee  J. Corrigan in collaboration with Christina Basedow, Dennis Küster, Arvid Kappas, Christopher Peters and Ginevra Castellano.

Only 6 papers were selected, from a total of 109.

The file is made available in the Research section of the site.



One year of EMOTE

Emote ReviewThe first year of the EMOTE project went by and the obtained results look promising: the project has achieved two relevant milestones, designing the learning scenario and studying the psychological background on robots and children (socio-emotional bonding). The learning scenario was designed based on extensive in-depth collaborative work with teachers. A gamified strategy was developed to engage learners into the learning process.

During year one, Wizard-of-Oz experiences were conducted, aiming to study the interaction between robots and children. The collected data is currently being evaluated, being an important asset for year two.

All planned activities were accomplished and the technical goals achieved.

We now look forward to year two.


Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction

robot school

Child-Robot Interaction is a Workshop integrated in the Interaction Design and Children Conference 2014.

This workshop aims to exchange experiences with issues around Child-Robot Interaction. More specifically, the main aims are to discuss how social bonding between children and robots can be evaluated, how robots can be used to aid children in their learning process, but also what ethical issues arise when children learn from and bond to a robot. Another aim is to discuss how teachers’ and caretakers’ perspectives on children’s use of robots should be taken into account when designing and evaluating robots for children.

The target participants for the Child-Robot Interaction Workshop are researchers and designers that work on robots to be used by children (e.g., as assistants, toys, tutors).

Designers that are interested in effects of such robots on children and any ethical issues (not so much the technical implementation of these robots) are invited to participate and encouraged to apply. 

Submission deadline: April 14, 2014, 23:59 GMT

Workshop: June 17, 2014 ~ Aarhus, Denmark

For more information, visit the workshop’s websiteFacebook page or join the Facebook event.




You can now check the new EMOTE infographic. A simple, fun way to get a quick overview on the project’s goals, methods and possible impacts.



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EMOTE project featured on MBC

Last year Ginevra Castellano was interviewed by MBC, Middle East Broadcasting, the first Arab channel:


EMOTE at NESTA Technology Futures

In July 2013, Dr. Ginevra Castellano was invited to discuss robot companionship and how emotional machines can really be, at the event “Emotional Machines- Is society ready for robot companions?”, organized by NESTA, the UK innovation agency.




Full video is available here:


Merry Christmas!

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