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CFP: Child-Robot Interaction @ Interaction Design and Children Conference,

Workshop on Child-Robot Interaction: Social bonding, Learning, and Ethics.

In Cooperation with FP7 EU-project EMOTE.

Aarhus, Denmark.
17 June, 2014,
Children are an especially interesting target group for Human-Robot
Interaction research since they are often more willing than adults to
interact and engage with robots. Therefore, children are likely to easily
form a bond with a robot.  Since research has suggested that when empathy
or support is provided (from a human or artificial source) learning is
improved, it is a logical step to use robots as teaching aids or
companions. However, robots that children bond with and/or learn from are
intended to affect individual well-being, and several ethical issues should
thus be considered, such as whether robots ought to be made to appear or
act humanlike, and whether they should be gendered. Furthermore, parents
and teachers are also important stakeholders when it comes to children’s
use of robots, either as social or learning companions.

**Workshop Description & Focus**
Child-Robot Interaction is a half-day workshop integrated in the IDC’2014.
The focus of the Workshop comprises three main topics: Bonding, Learning,
and Parents’ and Teachers’ perspectives on children’s interactions with
robots. Other important topics for the workshop are thus how we can make
sure that these robots really increase children’s well-being and how we can
take parents’ and teachers’ opinions and attitudes into account when
designing and evaluating robots for children.

**Topics of interest**
- Design and evaluation of robots for children
- How and when children bond to a robot
- Whether children can learn from or with a robot,
- Ethical issues related to the design of the robots or the context in
which they are used
- Experiences with designing and evaluating robots for such purposes.

**Important dates**
*Extended Paper Submission: April 22, 2014, 23:59 GMT*
Extended Authors’ notification: April 28, 2014
Workshop: June 17, 2014
Format: ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract Format, should not exceed 3 pages.

All the participants must register for the Workshop as well as for the

**Organising & Program Committee**
Wolmet Barendregt, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Ana Paiva, INESC-ID and IST, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Arvid Kappas, Jacobs University, Germany
Asimina (Mina) Vasalou, London Knowledge Lab, UK
Carl Health, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT AB, Sweden
Sofia Serholt, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Christina Basedow, Jacobs University, Germany
Patrícia Alves-Oliveira, INESC-ID and IST, Technical University of Lisbon,

Patrícia Alves-Oliveira
Instituto Superior Técnico
Lisbon, Portugal

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