A User-Centered Approach to Design a Language Robotic Agent

About: The project aimed to design a robotic agent that supports university students learning Swedish from English at home as well as in a classroom setting. The project resulted in a paper published during the Human-Agent Conference 2018.​

Approach: A cardboard prototype was built based on the outcomes of a literature review, interviews with students and teachers and two design workshops. This prototype was evaluated by 8 semi-structured interviews using a storytelling approach and focusing on the aspects of embodiment, emotions, dialogue and personality that are based on the social robotic agent elements.

Findings: The research provides design impressions regarding the embodiment, emotion, dialogue and personality of the robotic agent. Moreover, it provides recommendations for tasks the robotic agent should perform both at home and in a classroom setting. In a classroom setting the agent should support group work whereas at home it is supposed to improve the oral skills of its users by having a conversation and correcting grammar and pronunciation mistakes.  ​

My role: Conducting interviews and the literature view; Active participation in the design workshops including sketching; Building the prototype & designing and analysing semi-structured interviews.

The cardboard prototype of the language robot

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