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Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL) Workshop on Robots, Young Children and Alternative Input Methods

January 25-26, 2018
NIU Holmes Student Center, Capital Room

This two-day workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), invites researchers from learning sciences, computer science, engineering, and social sciences to inquire into the development of a socio-technical collaborative system of embodied, humanoid robots and young children in ways that promote children's intellectual, affective and social development.

During the workshop, the researchers will share their respective expertise and on-going research to inform each other and discuss core research issues in designing and evaluating the efficacy of the child/robot collaborative system.

  • What are the current statuses of research and development efforts in child/robot interaction?
  • What are theoretical perspectives that may guide research on developing child/robot collaborative systems?
  • What are important research issues in engineering child development assisted by a robot?
  • What technologies are available to design child/robot interaction and collect data to assess the efficacy?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities in developing such technologies and research programs?
  • In what way are the research issues aligned with the NSF goal of Broadening Participation in STEM education and STEM workforce (particularly, the NSF initiative INCLUDES, Human Technology Partnership)?

Organizing Committee

  • Yanghee Kim (workshop organizer)
  • Vinci Daro
  • Insook Han
  • Lixiao Huang



  • Laura Johnson
  • Xiaojun Qi
  • Ying Xie
  • Jiyoon Yoon