JRM Vol.32 No.1 pp. 21-31
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2020.p0021


Estimating Children’s Personalities Through Their Interaction Activities with a Tele-Operated Robot

Kasumi Abe*1,*2, Takayuki Nagai*2,*3, Chie Hieida*3, Takashi Omori*4, and Masahiro Shiomi*1

*1Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)
2-2-2 Hikaridai, Keihanna Science City, Kyoto 619-0288, Japan

*2The University of Electro-Communications
1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan

*3Osaka University
1-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

*4Tamagawa University
6-1-1 Tamagawagakuen, Machida, Tokyo 194-8610, Japan

July 19, 2019
November 20, 2019
February 20, 2020
personality estimation, child-robot interaction, childcare
Estimating Children’s Personalities Through Their Interaction Activities with a Tele-Operated Robot

Child interacts with a tele-operated robot

Based on the little big-five inventory, we developed a technique to estimate children’s personalities through their interaction with a tele-operated childcare robot. For personality estimation, our approach observed not only distance-based but also face-image-based features when a robot interacted with a child at a close distance. We used only the robot’s sensors to track the child’s positions, detect its eye contact, and estimate how much it smiled. We collected data from a kindergarten, where each child individually interacted for 30 min with a robot that was controlled by the teachers. We used 29 datasets of the interaction between a child and the robot to investigate whether face-image-based features improved the performance of personality estimation. The evaluation results demonstrated that the face-image-based features significantly improved the performance of personality estimation, and the accuracy of the personality estimation of our system was 70% on average for the personality scales.

Cite this article as:
K. Abe, T. Nagai, C. Hieida, T. Omori, and M. Shiomi, “Estimating Children’s Personalities Through Their Interaction Activities with a Tele-Operated Robot,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.32, No.1, pp. 21-31, 2020.
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