PhD Student: Caroline van Straten MSc
While robots used to be made for labor, they are increasingly also made for relationships. Indeed, children will soon grow up surrounded by social robots. It is therefore of crucial importance to understand how children form relationships with these robots. In this light, Caroline’s research project studies relationship formation between children and social robots in a long-term perspective. More specifically, it investigates how various characteristics of child-robot interaction affect closeness and trust between children and social robots.