You’re Doing It Wrong! Studying Unexpected Behaviors in Child-Robot Interaction

  • Séverin LemaignanEmail author
  • Julia Fink
  • Francesco Mondada
  • Pierre Dillenbourg
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9388)


We present a study on the impact of unexpected robot behaviors on the perception of a robot by children and their subsequent engagement in a playful interaction based on a novel “domino” task. We propose an original analysis methodology which blends behavioral cues and reported phenomenological perceptions into a compound index.

While we found only a limited recognition of the different misbehaviors of the robot that we attribute to the age of the child participants (4–5 years old), interesting findings include a sustained engagement level, an unexpectedly low level of attribution of higher cognitive abilities and a negative correlation between anthropomorphic projections and actual behavioral engagement.


Social Robot Unexpected Behavior Robot Behavior High Cognitive Ability Domino Tile 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Séverin Lemaignan
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Julia Fink
    • 1
  • Francesco Mondada
    • 2
  • Pierre Dillenbourg
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction Lab (CHILI)École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO)École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

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