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LevelUp – Automatic Assessment of Block-Based Machine Learning Projects for AI Education

T. Reddy, R. Williams and C. Breazeal, "LevelUp – Automatic Assessment of Block-Based Machine Learning Projects for AI Education," 2022 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), 2022, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1109/VL/HCC53370.2022.9833130.

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AI + Ethics Curricula for Middle School Youth: Lessons Learned from Three Project‑Based Curricula

Williams, R., Ali, S., Devasia, N. et al. AI + Ethics Curricula for Middle School Youth: Lessons Learned from Three Project-Based Curricula. Int J Artif Intell Educ (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40593-022-00298-y

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Designing and Deploying Robotic Companions to Improve Human Psychological Wellbeing

Jeong, S. (2022). Designing and Deploying Robotic Companions to Improve Human Psychological Wellbeing [Doctoral Dissertation]. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Escape!bot. Social Robots as Creative Problem-solving Partners

Ali, S., Devasia, N. E., & Breazeal, C. (2022, June). Escape! Bot: Social Robots as Creative Problem-Solving Partners. In Creativity and Cognition (pp. 275-283). 🏆 Paper received honorable mention award!

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Designing Long-term Parent-child-robot Triadic Interaction at Home through Lived Technology Experiences and Interviews

Huili Chen, Anastasia K. Ostrowski, Soo Jung Jang, Cynthia Breazeal and Hae Won Park (2022). Designing Long-term Parent-child-robot Triadic Interaction at Home through Lived Technology Experiences and Interviews. In the proceedings of the 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2022)

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Dyadic Affect in Parent-child Multi-modal Interaction: Introducing the DAMI-P2C Dataset and its Preliminary Analysis

H. Chen, S. M. Alghowinem, S. J. Jang, C. Breazeal and H. W. Park, "Dyadic Affect in Parent-child Multi-modal Interaction: Introducing the DAMI-P2C Dataset and its Preliminary Analysis," in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, doi: 10.1109/TAFFC.2022.3178689.

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Dyadic Affect in Parent-child Multi-modal Interaction: Introducing the DAMI-P2C Dataset and its Preliminary Analysis

H. Chen, S. M. Alghowinem, S. J. Jang, C. Breazeal and H. W. Park, "Dyadic Affect in Parent-child Multi-modal Interaction: Introducing the DAMI-P2C Dataset and its Preliminary Analysis," in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, doi: 10.1109/TAFFC.2022.3178689.

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Computational Thinking Education in K–12

Harold Abelson and Siu-Cheung Kong. Computational Thinking Education in K–12. MIT Press, May 2022.

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Auditing design justice: The impact of social movements on design pedagogy at a technology institution

Das, M., Ostrowski, A.K., Ben-David, S., Roeder, G.J., Kimura, K., D'Ignazio, C., Breazeal, C., & Verma, A. (2022, March). Auditing design justice: The impact of social movements on design pedagogy at a technology institution. In 2022 Design Thinking Research Symposium. (pp. 121-138). DesignTech, Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, 2022

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How do older adults engage as robot co-designers? Rapid prototyping supported by lived experiences with technology

Ostrowski, A.K., Breazeal, C., & Park, H.W. (2022, March). How do older adults engage as robot co-designers? Rapid prototyping supported by lived experiences with technology. In 2022 Design Thinking Research Symposium. (pp. 121-138). DesignTech, Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, 2022

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Mixed-Method Long-Term Robot Usage: Older Adults’ Lived Experience of Social Robots

Ostrowski, A. K., Breazeal, C., & Park, H.W. (2022, March). Mixed-Method Long-Term Robot Usage: Older Adults’ Lived Experience of Social Robots. In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

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HRI Pioneers: Design Justice for Robot Design and Policy Making

Ostrowski, A. K. & Breazeal, C. (2022, March). Design Justice for Robot Design and Policy Making. In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

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Children's Perspectives of Advertising with Social Robots: a Policy Investigation

DiPaola, D., Ostrowski, A. K., Spiegel, R., Darling, K., & Breazeal, C. (2022, March). Children's Perspectives of Advertising with Social Robots: a Policy Investigation. In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

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Speed Dating with Voice User Interfaces: Understanding How Families Interact and Perceive Voice User Interfaces in a Group Setting

Ostrowski, A. K., Fu, J., Zygouras, V., Park, H. W., & Breazeal, C. Speed Dating with Voice User Interfaces (VUIs): Understanding How Families Interact and Perceive VUIs in a Group Setting. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 375.

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Body Gesture and Head Movement Analyses in Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction as Indicators of Relationship

Alghowinem, S., Chen, H., Breazeal, C., & Park, H. W. (2021, December). Body Gesture and Head Movement Analyses in Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction as Indicators of Relationship. In 2021 16th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2021) (pp. 01-05). IEEE.

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Personal Narratives in Technology Design: The Value of Sharing Older Adults’ Stories in the Design of Social Robots

Ostrowski, A. K., Harrington, C.N., Breazeal, C., & Park, H. W. (2021). Personal Narratives in Technology Design: The Value of Sharing Older Adults' Stories in the Design of Social Robots. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 315.

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Long-Term Co-Design Guidelines: Empowering Older Adults as Co-Designers of Social Robots

Ostrowski, A. K., Breazeal. C., & Park, H. W. (2021, August). Long-Term Co-Design Guidelines: Empowering Older Adults as Co-Designers of Social Robots. In 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication.

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Collection of Metaphors for Human-Robot Interaction

Patrícia Alves-Oliveira, Maria Luce Lupetti, Michal Luria, Diana Löffler, Mafalda Gamboa, Lea Albaugh, Waki Kamino, Anastasia K. Ostrowski, David Puljiz, Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar, Marcus Scheunemann, & Dan Lockton. 2021, June. Collection of Metaphors for Human-Robot Interaction. In Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021 (pp. 1366-1379).

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Designing building blocks for open-ended early literacy software

Sysoev, Ivan, et al. "Designing building blocks for open-ended early literacy software." International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction 28 (2021)

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Exploring Generative Models with Middle School Students

Safinah Ali, Daniella DiPaola, Irene Lee, Jenna Hong, and Cynthia Breazeal. 2021. Exploring Generative Models with Middle School Students. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '21), May 8–13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan. ACM, New York, NY, USA 13 Pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3411764.3445226

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Towards Transferrable Personalized Student Models in Educational Games

Spaulding, S., Shen, J., Park, H., & Breazeal, C. (2021, May). Towards Transferrable Personalized Student Models in Educational Games. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (pp. 1245-1253).

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Exploring Generative Models with Middle School Students

Ali, S., DiPaola, D., Lee, I., Hong, J., & Breazeal, C. (2021, May). Exploring Generative Models with Middle School Students. In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-13).

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Text Classification for AI Education

Tejal Reddy, Randi Williams, Cynthia Breazeal. 2021. Text Classification for AI Education. In Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE’21).

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Small Group Interactions with Voice-User Interfaces: Exploring Social Embodiment, Rapport, and Engagement

Ostrowski, A. K., Zygouras, V., Park, H. W., & Breazeal, C. (2021, March). Small Group Interactions with Voice-User Interfaces: Exploring Social Embodiment, Rapport, and Engagement. In Proceedings of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 322-331).

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Practical Guidelines for Intent Recognition: BERT with Minimal Training Data Evaluated in Real-World HRI Application

Huggins, Matthew, et al. "Practical Guidelines for Intent Recognition: BERT with Minimal Training Data Evaluated in Real-World HRI Application." Proceedings of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. 2021.

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Teacher Perspectives on How to Train Your Robot, A Middle School AI and Ethics Curriculum

Williams, R., Kaputsos, S.P., Breazeal, C. Teacher Perspectives on How to Train Your Robot, A Middle School AI and Ethics Curriculum. Proceedings of the 10th Symposium on Education Advances in Artificial Intelligence (EAAI ’21). 2021.

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Dyadic Speech-based Affect Recognition usingDAMI-P2C Parent-child Multimodal Interaction Dataset

Chen, Huili, et al. "Dyadic speech-based affect recognition using dami-p2c parent-child multimodal interaction dataset." Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. 2020.

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Dyadic Speech-based Affect Recognition using DAMI-P2C Parent-child Multimodal Interaction Datase

Chen, H., Zhang, Y., Weninger, F., Picard, R., Breazeal, C., & Park, H. W. (2020, October). Dyadic speech-based affect recognition using dami-p2c parent-child multimodal interaction dataset. In Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (pp. 97-106).

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Design Research in HRI: Roboticists, Design Features, and Users as Co-Designers

Ostrowski, A.K., Breazeal, C., & Park, H.W. 2020. Design research in HRI: Roboticists, design features, and users as co-designers. IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication 2021 Workshop on Designerly HRI Knowledge

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A Robotic Positive Psychology Coach to Improve College Students’ Wellbeing

Jeong, Sooyeon, et al. "A Robotic Positive Psychology Coach to Improve College Students’ Wellbeing." Proceedings of the 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man 2020) **Best Paper Award**

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Toward Designing User-centered Idle Behaviors for Social Robots in the Home

Arias, Kika., Jeong, Sooyeon., Park, Hae Won., Breazeal, Cynthia., "Toward Designing User-centered Idle Behaviors for Social Robots in the Home.", 1st international workshop on Designerly HRI Knowledge. Held in conjunction with the 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2020)

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Migratable AI: Effect of identity and information migration on users’ perception of conversational AI agents

Tejwani, Ravi, et al. "Migratable AI: Effect of identity and information migration on users’ perception of conversational AI agents." Proceedings of the 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2020

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How to Train Your Robot: A Middle School AI and Ethics Curriculum

Williams, R., & Breazeal, C. (2020). How to Train Your Robot: A Middle School AI and Ethics Curriculum. . Presented in the International Workshop on Education in Artificial Intelligence K-12 (EDUAI ’20).

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Teaching and learning with children: Impact of reciprocal peer learning with a social robot on children’s learning and emotive engagement

Huili Chen, Hae Won Park, Cynthia Breazeal, Teaching and learning with children: Impact of reciprocal peer learning with a social robot on children’s learning and emotive engagement, Computers & Education, Volume 150, 2020, 103836, ISSN 0360-1315, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2020.103836.

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Impact of Interaction Context on the Student Affect-Learning Relationship in Child-Robot Interaction

Huili Chen, Hae Won Park, Xiajie Zhang, and Cynthia Breazeal. 2020. Impact of Interaction Context on the Student Affect-Learning Relationship in Child-Robot Interaction. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI ’20), March 23– 26, 2020, Cambridge, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 9 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3319502.3374822

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Impact of Interaction Context on the Student Affect-Learning Relationship in Child-Robot Interaction

Huili Chen, Hae Won Park, Xiajie Zhang, and Cynthia Breazeal. 2020. Impact of Interaction Context on the Student Affect-Learning Relationship in Child-Robot Interaction. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI ’20) https://doi.org/10.1145/3319502.3374822

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Constructionism, Ethics, and Creativity: Developing Primary and Middle School Artificial Intelligence Education

Ali, S., Williams, R., Payne B., Park H., Breazeal C. (2019) Constructionism, Ethics, and Creativity: Developing Primary and Middle School Artificial Intelligence Education. Presented in the International Workshop on Education in Artificiation Intelligence K-12 (EDUAI ’19). Palo Alto, CA, USA. Proceedings of IJCAI 2019.

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Social Robots for Hospitalized Children

Logan, Deirdre, et al. "Social Robots for Hospitalized Children." Pediatrics 143.6 (2019).

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Assessing Children's Perception and Acceptance of a Social Robot

Kory-Westlund, J. M., & Breazeal, C. (2019). Assessing Children's Perception and Acceptance of a Social Robot. Proceedings of the 18th ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC) (pp. 38-50). ACM: New York, NY.

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A is for Artificial Intelligence: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence Activities on Young Children’s Perceptions of Robots

Randi Williams, Hae Won Park, and Cynthia Breazeal. 2019. A is for Artificial Intelligence. In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI ’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

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Leveraging Social Robots as a Creativity Support Tool for Young Children

Ali, S., Moroso, T. (2019). Leveraging Social Robots as a Creativity Support Tool for Young Children. Poster. Computer Science and Learning Science Symposium 2019.

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Older Adults Living With Social Robots: Promoting Social Connectedness in Long-Term Communities

Ostrowski, A.K., DiPaola, D., Partridge E., Park, H.W., & Breazeal, C. (2019). Older Adults Living with Social Robots: Promoting Social Connectedness in Long-Term Communities. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine. doi: 10.1109/MRA.2019.2905234

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Machine behaviour

Rahwan, Iyad, Manuel Cebrian, Nick Obradovich, Josh Bongard, Jean-François Bonnefon, Cynthia Breazeal, Jacob W. Crandall, et al. “Machine Behaviour.” Nature 568, no. 7753 (April 2019): 477. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1138-y.

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Designing Social Robots for Older Adults

Breazeal, Cynthia L. , Ostrowski, Anastasia K., Singh, N., & Park, Hae Won. (2019). Designing social robots for older adults. National Academy of Engineering The Bridge, 49 (1), 22-31.

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A Model-free Affective Reinforcement Learning Approach to Personalization of a Social Robot Companion for Early Literacy Education

Hae Won Park, Ishaan Grover, Samuel Spaulding, Louis Gomez, and Cynthia Breazeal. “A Model- free Affective Reinforcement Learning Approach to Personalization of a Social Robot Companion for Early Literacy Education” In Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2019.

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PopBots: Designing an Artificial Intelligence Curriculum for Early Childhood Education

Randi Williams, Hae Won Park, Lauren Oh, and Cynthia Breazeal. 2019. PopBots: Designing an Artificial Intelligence Curriculum for Early Childhood Education. In Proceedings of the 9th Symposium on Education Advances in Artificial Intelligence (EAAI '19). AAAI, Menlo Park, CA, USA.

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The New Science of Curiosity

To, A., Ali, S., Kaufman, G. Hammer, J. (2018). Integrating Curiosity and Uncertainty in Game Design. The New Science of Curiosity (pp. 169-203). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

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Growing up with AI. Cognimates: from coding to teaching machines

Druga, S. (2018). Growing up with AI. Cognimates: from coding to teaching machines

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A Social Robot System for Modeling Children's Word Pronunciation

Spaulding, S., Chen, H., Ali, S., Kulinski, M., & Breazeal, C. (2018, July). A Social Robot System for Modeling Children's Word Pronunciation: Socially Interactive Agents Track. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (pp. 1658-1666). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

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Talking Machines: Democratizing the Design of Voice-Based Agents for the Home

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Can Children Learn Creativity from a Social Robot?

Ali, S., Moroso, T., Breazeal, C. (2019). Can Children Learn Creativity from a Social Robot? In Proceedings of ACM Creativity and Cognition 2019.

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The Use of Social Robots for Social Emotional Communication within Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ali, S., Breazeal, C. (2018). The Use of Social Robots for Social Emotional Communication within Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Play Make Learn

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“My Doll Says It's OK”: A Study of Children's Conformity to a Talking Doll

Randi Williams, Christian Vazquez, Stefania Druga, Pattie Maes, Cynthia Breazeal. “My Doll Says It's OK: Voice-Enabled Toy Influences Children's Moral Decisions.” IDC. 2018

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How smart are the smart toys?: Children’s and parents’ attributions of intelligence to computational objects

Stefania Druga, Randi Williams, Hae Won Park, Cynthia Breazeal. "How smart are the smart toys?: Children’s and parents’ attributions of intelligence to computational objects.” IDC. 2018

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Measuring Young Children’s Long-Term Relationships with Social Robots

Kory Westlund, J. M., Park, H., Williams, R., & Breazeal, C. (2018). Measuring Young Children’s Long-term Relationships with Social Robots. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC). ACM: New York, NY.

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Huggable: The Impact of Embodiment on Promoting Socio-emotional Interactions for Young Pediatric Inpatients

Jeong, Sooyeon, et al. "Huggable: The Impact of Embodiment on Promoting Socio-emotional Interactions for Young Pediatric Inpatients." Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2018.

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Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams

Haar Horowitz, Adam, Ishaan Grover, Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar, Cynthia Breazeal, and Pattie Maes. "Dormio: Interfacing with dreams." In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1-10. 2018.

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P2PSTORY: Dataset of Children Storytelling and Listening in Peer-to-Peer Interactions

Nikhita Singh, Jin Joo Lee, Ishaan Grover, and Cynthia Breazeal (2018). P2PSTORY: Dataset of Children Storytelling and Listening in Peer-to-Peer Interactions. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

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Role of Speaker Cues in Attention Inference

Jin Joo Lee, Cynthia Breazeal, David DeSteno (2017). Role of Speaker Cues in Attention Inference. Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

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Measuring Children's Long-Term Relationships with Social Robots

Kory Westlund, J. M., Park, H. W.., Wiliams, R., & Breazeal, C. (2017). Measuring Children’s Long-Term Relationships with Social Robots. Workshop on Perception and Interaction dynamics in Child-Robot Interaction, held in conjunction with the Robotics: Science and Systems XIII.

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"Hey Google is it OK if I eat you?" Initial Explorations in Child-Agent Interactions

Stefania Druga, Randi Williams, Cynthia Breazeal, and Mitchel Resnick. 2017. "Hey Google is it OK if I eat you?": Initial Explorations in Child-Agent Interaction. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 595-600. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3078072.3084330

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“Hey Google is it OK if I eat you?” Initial Explorations in Child-Agent Interaction

Druga S, Williams R, “Hey Google is it OK if I eat you?” Initial Explorations in Child-Agent Interaction, IDC Stanford, 2017

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A Bayesian Theory of Mind Approach to Nonverbal Communication for Human-Robot Interactions

Jin Joo Lee. A Bayesian Theory of Mind Approach to Nonverbal Communication for Human-Robot Interactions. PhD Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017.

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Flat versus expressive storytelling: young children's learning and retention of a social robot's narrative

Kory Westlund, J., Jeong, S., Park, H. W., Ronfard, S., Adhikari, A., Harris, P. L., David DeSteno, & Breazeal, C. (2017). Flat versus expressive storytelling: young children's learning and retention of a social robot's narrative. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.