Discipline: Computer Sciences and Information Management
Subcategory: Computer Science & Information Systems
AaLeeyah Housey - Claflin University
The use of robotics has been increasing in pharmaceutical, manufacturing, social and educational environments. Their influence on these environments have allowed little to no human error and work in hazardous conditions. The goal of this research was to develop a robot tutor to successfully guide a student through a chemistry lab. The importance of this research comes from the insight it gives for the future in the subject of robotic-assisted learning in different topics. Robotic-assisted learning could make it possible for more populations to learn various branches of study and allows repetition of actions that would exhaust the average human tutor. My hypothesis for this research was that the NAO robot would be 80% successful in learning the programs that would give it the ability to teach students. I used the NAO Robot as the robot tutor for this project. The NAO Robot was developed using Choregraphe software. The robot was developed to guide students through a lab, entitled Separation of Mixtures by Filtration, taught in the General Chemistry course at Claflin University. For user accessibility, the program was developed with two different versions that had different actions to interact with the robot tutor. The first version allowed the student to tap different sensors on the NAO Robot that would allow them to either progress to the next step of the lab or have the NAO Robot repeat the last given step. The second version allowed the student to hold up different signs that the NAO Robot would visually process to understand if the student wanted to go to the next step of the lab or wanted the last step of the lab repeated. I conducted several trials, using both versions, to ensure the robot?s accuracy and effectiveness when giving instructions to complete the chemistry lab. The results of the research showed that the NAO Robot was capable of learning the program and could successfully run through the program with no problems. In conclusion, the NAO Robot is now ready for user study of the program and the outcome of research shows a promising trend for robotic-assisted learning. The next step for this project will be to test the outcomes of the robot tutor in an educational setting with students and to identify social elements to add to the robot tutor program. References: Liles, Karina R., and Jenay M. Beer. ‘Ms. an, feasibility study with a robot teaching assistant.’ Proceedings of the Tenth Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction Extended Abstracts. ACM, 2015.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): Funding was provided by an REU grant to Claflin University.
Faculty Advisor: Karina Liles, email@example.com
Role: I created the programs for the NAO robot, ran the programs multiple times for troubleshooting purposes, and reviewed the outcome of the research as a whole.