A robotic interface for the administration of language, literacy, and speech pathology assessments for children

Gary Yeung, Alison L. Bailey, Amber Afshan, Morgan Tinkler, Marlen Q. Pérez, Alejandra Martin, Anahit A. Pogossian, Samuel Spaulding, Hae Won Park, Manushaqe Muco, Abeer Alwan, Cynthia Breazeal


A preliminary implementation of a robotic interface for the administration of language, literacy, and speech pathology assessments for children is presented. This robot assessment protocol will be used for several ongoing studies to improve the performance of educational robots for children. The robot used is JIBO, a personal assistant-style robot capable of expressing itself with its poseable body. JIBO's implementation is intended for children as young as 4 years old. JIBO is designed to have friendly interactions with young children while administering assessments such as the evaluation of pronunciation, alphabetic knowledge, and explanatory discourse. Additionally, this implementation is currently being used to collect a speech database of such assessments being administered to children.


Cite as: Yeung, G., Bailey, A.L., Afshan, A., Tinkler, M., Pérez, M.Q., Martin, A., Pogossian, A.A., Spaulding, S., Park, H.W., Muco, M., Alwan, A., Breazeal, C. (2019) A robotic interface for the administration of language, literacy, and speech pathology assessments for children. Proc. SLaTE 2019: 8th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education, 41-42.


@inproceedings{Yeung2019,
  author={Gary Yeung and Alison L. Bailey and Amber Afshan and Morgan Tinkler and Marlen Q. Pérez and Alejandra Martin and Anahit A. Pogossian and Samuel Spaulding and Hae Won Park and Manushaqe Muco and Abeer Alwan and Cynthia Breazeal},
  title={{A robotic interface for the administration of language, literacy, and speech pathology assessments for children}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. SLaTE 2019: 8th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education},
  pages={41--42}
}