In recent years, social robots have become part of a variety of human activities, especially in applications involving children, e.g., entertainment, education, companionship. The interest of this work lies in the interaction of social robots with children in the field of special education. This paper seeks to present a systematic review of the use of robots in special education, with the ultimate goal of highlighting the degree of integration of robots in this field worldwide. This work aims to explore the technologies of robots that are applied according to the impairment type of children. The study showed a large number of attempts to apply social robots to the special education of children with various impairments, especially in recent years, as well as a wide variety of social robots from the market involved in such activities. The main conclusion of this work is the finding that the specific field of application of social robots is at the first development step; however, it is expected to be of great concern to the research community in the coming years.
G. A. Papakostas, G. K. Sidiropoulos, C. I. Papadopoulou, E. Vrochidou, V. G. Kaburlasos, M. T. Papadopoulou, V. Holeva, V.-A. Nikopoulou, N. Dalivigkas, “Social robots in special education: a systematic review”. Electronics. 2021, 10 (12), 1398; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10121398 (Special Issue on Recent Advances in Educational Robotics – Section “Artificial Intelligence”. Guest Editors: Savvas A. Chatzichristofis and Zinon Zinonos)