Analysis of the Responses to System-Initiated Off-Activity Talk in Human-Robot Interaction with Diabetic Children

Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová, Elettra Oleari, Clara Pozzi, Stefania Racioppa, Bernd Kiefer

In: Proceedings of the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue. Workshop Series on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SEMDIAL-2014) Edinburgh United Kingdom Seiten 90-97 Heriot Watt University 2014.


We carried out an exploratory WOZ study with a conversational human-robot interaction system which offers a set of activities aimed to help a child to improve its capability to manage diabetes. The novel aspect is the inclusion of robot-initiated off- activity talk ( OAT ) on diabetes- and health-related topics. We present an analysis of the OAT subdialogues: their distribution, the prompts, children’s responses, engagement. Children generally engaged well. They sometimes also reciprocated the robot’s topics and even took initiative with new ones. On the other hand, we observed a decline in children’s engagement as the interactions progressed. We attribute this mostly to the delays in system response, due to the WOZ setup


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