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Co-designing a social robot in a special educational needs school: Listening to the ambitions of autistic children and their teachers (2022)
Journal Article
Newbutt, N., Rice, L., Lemaignan, S., Daly, J., Charisi, V., & Conley, I. (2022). Co-designing a social robot in a special educational needs school: Listening to the ambitions of autistic children and their teachers. Interaction Studies, 23(2), 204-242. https://doi.org/10.1075/is.21031.new

Social robots have the potential to support autistic school children with their wellbeing. This research reveals how a co-design approach with autistic children and their teachers was undertaken. Focus groups with autistic children and teachers colla... Read More about Co-designing a social robot in a special educational needs school: Listening to the ambitions of autistic children and their teachers.

“It’s important to think of Pepper as a teaching aid or resource external to the classroom”: A social robot in a school for autistic children (2022)
Journal Article
Lemaignan, S., Newbutt, N., Rice, L., & Daly, J. (in press). “It’s important to think of Pepper as a teaching aid or resource external to the classroom”: A social robot in a school for autistic children. International Journal of Social Robotics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-022-00928-4

For a period of 3 weeks in June 2021, we embedded a social robot (Softbank Pepper) in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school for autistic children. The robot’s behaviours and integration into the school were co-designed with the children and teache... Read More about “It’s important to think of Pepper as a teaching aid or resource external to the classroom”: A social robot in a school for autistic children.

UNICEF guidance on AI for children: Application to the design of a social robot for and with autistic children (2021)
Presentation / Conference
lemaignan, S., newbutt, N., Rice, L., daly, J., & charisi, V. (2021, September). UNICEF guidance on AI for children: Application to the design of a social robot for and with autistic children. Paper presented at IROS: The Roles of Robotics in Achieving the UN's Social Development Goals, Prague

For a period of three weeks in June 2021, we embedded a social robot (Softbank Pepper) in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school, with a focus on supporting the well-being of autistic children. Our methodology to design and embed the robot among th... Read More about UNICEF guidance on AI for children: Application to the design of a social robot for and with autistic children.