Elmira Yadollahi

Elmira Yadollahi
KTH Royal Institute of Technology | KTH

PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Introduction
My current research is focused on studying the cognitive capabilities required by the robot to produce a socially and technically well-structured interaction with children in learning contexts. My goal is to provide a successful interaction and beneficial learning activity for a child-robot interaction in learning environments. Currently, I am working on two scenarios of co-learning interaction with a Nao robot with primary school children: CoReader and CoCounter.
Additional affiliations
September 2012 - February 2015
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Position
  • Master's Student
September 2007 - August 2011
Sharif University of Technology
Position
  • Student

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Publications (12)
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The evolving field of human-robot interaction (HRI) necessitates that we better understand how social robots operate and interact with humans. This scoping review provides an overview of about 300 research works focusing on the use of the NAO robot from 2010 to 2020. This study presents one of the most extensive and inclusive pieces of evidence on...
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Revealing the internal workings of a robot can help a human better understand the robot’s behaviors. How to reveal such workings, e.g., via explanation generation, remains a significant challenge. This gets even more complex when these explanations are targeted towards children. Therefore, we propose a search-based approach to generate contrastive...
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Perspective taking is an important skill to have and learn, which can be applied in many different domains and disciplines. While the ability to recognize other’s perspective develops in humans from childhood and solidifies during school years, it needs to be developed in robotic and artificial agents’ cognitive framework. In our quest to develop a...
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In this article we investigate the role of interactive haptic-enabled tangible robots in supporting the learning of cursive letter writing for children with attention and visuomotor coordination issues. We focus on the two principal aspects of handwriting that are linked to these issues: Visual perception and visuomotor coordination. These aspects,...
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The use of robots as peers is more and more studied in human-robot interaction with co-learning interactions being complex and rich involving cognitive, affective, verbal and non-verbal processes. We aim to study the co-learning interaction with robots in the light of perspective-taking; a cognitive dimension that is important for interaction, enga...
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In this paper, we present a robotic approach to improve the teaching of handwriting using the tangible, haptic-enabled and classroom-friendly Cellulo robots. Our efforts presented here are in line with the philosophy of the Cellulo platform: we aim to create a ready-to-use tool (i.e. a set of robot-assisted activities) to be used for teaching handw...
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This paper describes research aimed at supporting children's reading practices using a robot designed to interact with children as their reading companion. We use a learning by teaching scenario in which the robot has a similar or lower reading level compared to children, and needs help and extra practice to develop its reading skills. The interact...

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Projects (4)
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This project details the development of a Cognitive Model of Perspective Taking
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The CoReader platform supports the collaborative reading of stories between a child and a robot. We use a learning by teaching scenario in which the robot has a similar or lower reading level compared to children, and needs help and extra practice to develop its reading skills.
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The CoCounter project aims at developing a cognitive behavioral model of a social robot for interaction with children in learning activities. In the scope of our research, we developed a mathematical activity using a physical manipulative called abacus. The activity is used to develop a perspective-taking and transparency model of behavior for the robot counterpart in interaction with children.