EMOTE: Embodied-perceptive tutors for empathy-based learning

Wolmet Barendregt
Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg

Significant work has been devoted to the design of artificial tutors with human capabilities with the aim of helping increase the efficiency achieved with a human instructor. Yet, these systems still lack the personal, empathic and human elements that characterise a traditional teacher and fail to engage and motivate students in the same way a human teacher does. In this presentation I will discuss the EMOTE project, which aims to design, develop and evaluate a new generation of artificial embodied tutors that have perceptive capabilities to engage in empathic interactions with learners in a shared physical space. I will focus primarily on the design and evaluation of the educational value of the robotic tutor for which researcher at the University of Gothenburg are responsible.