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Physical Education Exercises Validation Through Child-Humanoid Robot Interaction

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Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics (RAAD 2023)

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This paper presents the concept of integrating a robot into the children's environment as an instructor for physical education exercises. The research includes four phases: recording human physical education movements, mapping the recorded movements to the movements of the Pepper robot representing the instructor, analyzing the children's movements while it repeats the movements of the robot, and making a decision about the quality of the children's movements. The goal of this research is to motivate children to perform physical education exercises as well as to make it easier for them to accept the robot in their environment through play. The concept was tested on 10 adults and 2 children. The results show that the children were very stimulated to do the movements with the robot. They performed the exercises well, with a small lack of concentration that can be improved through interaction with the robot.

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The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the project CRTA - Regional Centre of Excellence for Robotic Technologies, funded by the ERDF fund. Also, the authors would like to thank all participants in the experiments.

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Knežević, T., Radmilović, M., Borojević, J., Šumarac, J., Švaco, M., Raković, M. (2023). Physical Education Exercises Validation Through Child-Humanoid Robot Interaction. In: Petrič, T., Ude, A., Žlajpah, L. (eds) Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics. RAAD 2023. Mechanisms and Machine Science, vol 135. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-32606-6_16

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