Towards Empathic Virtual and Robotic Tutors

  • Ginevra Castellano
  • Ana Paiva
  • Arvid Kappas
  • Ruth Aylett
  • Helen Hastie
  • Wolmet Barendregt
  • Fernando Nabais
  • Susan Bull
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7926)


Building on existing work on artificial tutors with human-like capabilities, we describe the EMOTE project approach to harnessing benefits of an artificial embodied tutor in a shared physical space. Embodied in robotic platforms or through virtual agents, EMOTE aims to capture some of the empathic and human elements characterising a traditional teacher. As such, empathy and engagement, abilities key to influencing student learning, are at the core of the EMOTE approach. We present non-verbal and adaptive dialogue challenges for such embodied tutors as a foundation for researchers investigating the potential for empathic tutors that will be accepted by students and teachers.


Virtual and robotic tutor affect recognition adaptive behaviour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ginevra Castellano
    • 1
  • Ana Paiva
    • 2
  • Arvid Kappas
    • 3
  • Ruth Aylett
    • 4
  • Helen Hastie
    • 4
  • Wolmet Barendregt
    • 5
  • Fernando Nabais
    • 6
  • Susan Bull
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK
  2. 2.Inst de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Investigação e DesenvolvimentoPortugal
  3. 3.Jacobs University Bremen GmbHGermany
  4. 4.Heriot-Watt UniversityUK
  5. 5.Goeteborgs UniversitetSweden
  6. 6.YDreams-Informatica S.A.Portugal

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