Social Robots is one type of cyber-physical systems, that is the social equivalent of “industry 4.0” technology, in applications involving humans e.g. in businesses of services. Our interest here is in applications of Social Ro-botics in education. This paper provides a road map regarding commercial social robots currently available in education. Recent literature is included regarding (a) analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of social robots in education in terms of design specifications such as processors, sensors etc., (b) advantages and drawbacks of various robots currently used in education in terms of cost, impact and usability and (c) future potential directions of interest concerning educational robotics. Our study indicates that an effective design of interactive, educational robots calls for robustness and standardization, of both hardware and software. Novel modeling methodologies might be necessary. Future challenges in the field are also discussed.
Pachidis, E. Vrochidou, V.G. Kaburlasos, S. Kostova, M. Bonković, V. Papić, “Social robotics in education: state-of-the-art and directions”, Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region (RAAD 2018), Patras, Greece, 6-8 June 2018.