Erin Walker


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Social Dialogue and Entrainment in a Teachable Robot


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How should a robot speak in order to socially engage learners? In this project, students explain equation solving problems to a robot. The robot listens to the students and responds by asking questions and stating comments about the problems, all while using its tone of voice to build a connection with the student. Through this work, we are learning how to effectively adapt an agent’s tone of voice and dialogue to each learner as well as developing a better understanding of the differential effects those adaptations have on male and female students. 

Collaborators: Nichola Lubold, Heather Pon-Barry, Amy Ogan

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Automated Pitch Convergence Improves Learning in a Social, Teachable Robot for Middle School Mathematics


Nichola Lubold, Erin Walker, Heather Pon-Barry, Amy Ogan


aied, Artificial Intelligence in Education, 2018 May 26, pp. 282-296


Effects of Voice-Adaptation and Social Dialogue on Perceptions of a Robotic Learning Companion


Nichola Lubold, Erin Walker, Heather Pon-Barry


hri, International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 2016 Feb 6, pp. 255-262