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Engkey: Tele-education Robot

  • Sangseok Yun
  • Jongju Shin
  • Daijin Kim
  • Chang Gu Kim
  • Munsang Kim
  • Mun-Taek Choi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7072)

Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a new form of an English education system that utilizes a teleoperated robot controlled by a native human teacher in a remote site. By providing a unique operation interface that incorporates non-contact vision recognition technologies, a native teacher easily and naturally controls the robot from a distance while providing lectures. Due to its effective representation of a human teacher in a robot, students show great interest on the robot and feel comfortable learning English with the teleoperated robot. In a real field pilot study, the participated elementary students have achieved good improvements on standardized tests after the study, which shows the effectiveness of the teleoperated robot system.

Keywords

Educational robot Engkey Distance education Avatar assistant robot 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sangseok Yun
    • 1
  • Jongju Shin
    • 2
  • Daijin Kim
    • 2
  • Chang Gu Kim
    • 1
  • Munsang Kim
    • 1
  • Mun-Taek Choi
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Intelligent Robitics at Korea Institute Science and TechnologySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringPOSTECHPohangKorea

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