List of John Benjamins publications for which Ben Robins plays a role.
Robot-Mediated Interviews: A field trial with a potential real-world user. Interaction Studies 21:2, pp. 243–2672020.
In recent years the possibility of using humanoid robots to perform interviews with children has been explored in a number of studies. This paper details a study in which a potential real-world user trialled a Robot-Mediated Interviewing system with children to establish if this approach could… read more | Article
Robot-Mediated interviews with Children: What do potential users think?. Interaction Studies 17:3, pp. 438–4602016.
To date research investigating the potential of Robot-Mediated Interviews (RMI) has focused on establishing how children respond to robots in an interview scenario. In order to test if an RMI approach would work in a real world setting, it is important to establish what the experts (e.g. specialist… read more | Article
Robot companions for children with down syndrome: A case study. Interaction Studies 15:1, pp. 99–1122014.
We describe an exploratory case study about the applicability of different robotic platforms in an educational context with a child with Down syndrome. The robotic platforms tested are the humanoid robot KASPAR and the mobile robotic platform IROMEC. During the study we observed the effects KASPAR… read more | Article
Where the action is: A conversation analytic perspective on interaction between a humanoid robot, a co-present adult and a child with an ASD. Asymmetry and adaptation in social interaction: A micro-analytic perspective, Nomikou, Iris, Karola Pitsch and Katharina Rohlfing (eds.), pp. 297–3162013.
This paper examines interaction involving a child with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a humanoid robot and a co-present adult. In this paper data from one child (collected as part of the ROBOSKIN project) is analysed in order to evaluate the potential contributions of a conversation analytic… read more | Article
Scenarios of robot-assisted play for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Interaction Studies 13:2, pp. 189–2342012.
This article presents a novel set of ten play scenarios for robot-assisted play for children with special needs. This set of scenarios is one of the key outcomes of the IROMEC project that investigated how robotic toys can become social mediators, encouraging children with special needs to discover… read more | Article
Does appearance matter in the interaction of children with autism with a humanoid robot?. Interaction Studies 7:3, pp. 479–5122006.
This article studies the impact of a robot’s appearance on interactions involving four children with autism. This work is part of the Aurora project with the overall aim to support interaction skills in children with autism, using robots as ‘interactive toys’ that can encourage and mediate… read more | Article
Robot-mediated joint attention in children with autism: A case study in robot-human interaction. Interaction Studies 5:2, pp. 161–1982004.
Interactive robots are used increasingly not only in entertainment and service robotics, but also in rehabilitation, therapy and education. The work presented in this paper is part of the Aurora project, rooted in assistive technology and robot-human interaction research. Our primary aim is to… read more | Article