The interaction between children and robots is the theme of the international conference “Child-Robot Interaction” which will take place from 21 to 23 June at the University of Milano-Bicocca.
The conference, organized by the University of Milano-Bicocca, in collaboration with INDIRE, the Marche Polytechnic University and the Yunik association, will host research contributions on child-robot interaction, with a focus on methodologies, technologies and psycho-pedagogical applications, but also on all those philosophical, social and cultural implications that affect this emerging research area.
Peer-reviewed contributions, plenary talks by leading scholars in the field, and symposiums are expected throughout the conference.
Robotics is increasingly applied in contexts experienced by girls and boys of all ages for educational, teaching, therapeutic and entertainment purposes, and increasingly robotic construction and programming activities are aimed at refining key citizenship skills, and social and disciplinary competencies. Furthermore, the role of interaction with humanoid robots is being studied by international research – especially in the use of robotic devices – with the aim of improving the cognitive and motor skills of people with various types of disabilities.
INDIRE will participate in the conference with two contributions: “Philosophical issues for human exchanges and interaction between humans and machines“, in which some results of the INDIRE project “Philosophy as a key to understanding other disciplines” will be presented, focusing in particular on the value of the study of logic and philosophy of language as a tool for an education in the interaction between humans and machines; in the other speech: “Multimedia resources for gender inclusiveness: the experience of the ParTIME project” the results of the INDIRE “ParTIME” project will be presented which, in collaboration with the Tuscany Region, conducted training to recognize and overcome gender stereotypes in the educational profession.
The proceedings of the conference will be published in a volume by College Publications.