A humanoid in company with children

Hideki Kozima, Cocoro Nakagawa, Nobuyuki Kawai, Daisuke Kosugi, Yoshio Yano

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We report a case study of the interaction of normal and autistic children with Infanoid, an upper-torso humanoid robot. Infanoid is capable of attentive and emotional interaction with humans through gaze, pointing, facial expressions, and so on. In the observational sessions, each of the children sat in front of Infanoid with his or her mother, gradually got into the loop of interaction spontaneously, where he or she played with the robot in a relaxed mood. We assume the relatively high predictability of Infanoid's behavior enabled the autistic child, as well as the normal children, to get into the playful interaction, from which the children could expand the horizon of social communications. This study suggests potential applicability of humanoids to remedial services as well as psychological investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2004 4th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event2004 4th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots - Santa Monica, CA, United States
Duration: 2004 Nov 102004 Nov 12

Publication series

Name2004 4th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots


Conference2004 4th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Monica, CA


  • Attribution of mind
  • Autism and communication disorders
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social interaction


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