Robot-Mediated interviews: A field trial with a potential real-world user

Luke Wood, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Austen Rainer, Ben Robins, Hagen Lehmann, Dag Sverre Syrdal

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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 realistically be used in a real-world context. In this study a senior educational psychologist used the humanoid robot Kaspar to interview ten primary school children about a video they had watched prior to the interview. We conducted a pre and post interview with the educational psychologist before and after using the system to establish how the system worked for him and the perceived potential for real-world applications. The educational psychologist successfully used the system to interview the children and believed that principally using a small humanoid robot to interview children could be useful in a real-world setting provided the system was developed further.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-267
Number of pages25
JournalInteraction Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2020


  • Educational robots
  • Kaspar
  • Robot-Mediated Interview
  • Social robots


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