Grounding a Sociable Robot’s Movements in Multimodal, Situational Engagements

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8417)


To deal with the question of what a sociable robot is, we describe how an educational robot is encountered by children, teachers and designers in a preschool. We consider the importance of the robot’s body by focusing on how its movements are contingently embedded in interactional situations. We point out that the effects of agency that these movements generate are inseparable from their grounding in locally coordinated, multimodal actions and interactions.



We would like to thank Mayumi Bono, Yelena Gluzman, Charles Goodwin, John Haviland, Shimako Iwasaki, Michael Lynch, Maurizio Marchetti, Susanna Messier, Aug Nishizaka, Paul Ruvolo, Masaki Suwa, Cynthia Taylor, Paul Ruvolo and the participants in the ethnographic study for their contribution to this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationUniversity of California San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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