Promoting socialization of schoolchildren using a teleoperated android: An interaction study

Ryuji Yamazaki Skov, Shuichi Nishio, Kohei Ogawa, Kohei Matsumura, Takashi Minato, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Tsutomu Fujinami, Masaru Nishikawa

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Our research focuses on the social aspects of teleoperated androids as new media for human relationships and explores how they can contribute and encourage people to associate with others. We introduced Telenoid, a teleoperated android with a minimalistic human design, to elementary school classrooms to see how children respond to it. We found that Telenoid encourages children to work cooperatively and facilitates communication with senior citizens with dementia. Children differentiated their roles spontaneously and cooperatively participated in group work. In another class, we applied Telenoid to remote communication between schoolchildren and assisted living residents. The children felt relaxed about continuing their conversations with the elderly and positively participated in them. The results suggest that limited functionality may facilitate cooperation among participants, and varied embodiments may promote the learning process of the association with others, even those who are unfamiliar. We propose a teleoperated android as an educational tool to promote socialization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1350007
JournalInternational Journal of Humanoid Robotics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • android robot
  • cooperation
  • embodied communication
  • inter-generational relationship
  • minimal design
  • role differentiation
  • socialization
  • Telecommunication
  • teleoperation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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