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The Robot-Creativity Project Webpage icon

Collaborators: Patrícia Alves-Oliveira, Ana Paiva, Patricia Arriaga, Guy Hoffman
Keywords: creativity; robots; human-robot interaction; children; prototyping


Creativity is one of the most sought-after skills as we move from industrialized to creative economies. It is known to be an ability that can be stimulated and developed over time. The Robot-Creativity Project aims to use social robots as tools for stimulating creativity. The work performed so far includes the design and fabrication of a minimalist social robot that makes use of creative strategies grounded in psychological theories to boost creativity in children. This robot was developed with and for children, in a constant iterative design process, making use of rapid prototyping techniques. We envision children will use this robot as a toy to play with, providing new ideas for their play time. Idea generation is an important slice of the creative thought as it requires thinking outside of the box, making connections, and going beyond reality constraints – to float into imaginary worlds where everything is possible.


Guide to build YOLO, a creativity-stimulating robot for children
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Patrícia Alves-Oliveira and Patrícia Arriaga and Ana Paiva and Guy Hoffman, HardwareX, ScienceDirect, July, 2019
YOLO-A Robot that will Make Your Creativity BOOM
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Patrícia Alves-Oliveira and Ankita Chandak and Ian Cloutier and Priyanka Kompella and Peter Moegenburg and André Pires, Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pg. 335-336, March, 2018
Cubus: Autonomous Embodied Characters to Stimulate Creative Idea Generation in Groups of Children
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André Pires and Patrícia Alves-Oliveira and Patrícia Arriaga and Carlos Martinho, International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, pg. 360--373, 2017
Boosting children's creativity through creative interactions with social robots
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Patrícia Alves-Oliveira and Patrícia Arriaga and Guy Hoffman and Ana Paiva, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2016 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on, pg. 591--592, March, 2016