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  • Our Journal Paper Accepted
    This is the weekend for celebration. We have just received the following e-mail: The paper defines what we call “children’s digital companion” and describe its characteristics based on its purpose and apperance as well as how it works. Children’s digital companion is an embodied conversational agent which children can relate to and perform activities together… Read More »Our Journal Paper Accepted
  • Creating a Story
    Part of our AI-bility project is storytelling. We want to create different stories for young children that cover various artificial intelligence topics. Creating a new story usually starts with deciding on a specific AI concept and a spontaneous idea for a storyline. I conduct proficient research about the selected AI concept, before outlining the first… Read More »Creating a Story
  • School Visit No. 3
    Well-prepared and equipped with three conversational agents and one PC for traditional search, we left for the American School of Grenoble. Nine children between the age of 11 to 13 attended our experiment. The children tried to answer as many questions as possible in a certain time interval with one conversational assistant at each station.… Read More »School Visit No. 3
  • Experiment prep
    The team arrived in Grenoble, to prepare the first WP3 experiment tomorrow! This includes testing the Conversational Agents, testing and fine-tuning the whole process, and check that the time will work. Actually, we are all quite excited 🤗 <Update> … aaaand it really worked out well! Timing fits, tasks are entertaining, supervisors are helpful… Looking… Read More »Experiment prep
  • Schoolchildren’s Attitude toward and Interaction with Conversational Agents
    Writing a thesis can be quite tedious and tiring – but writing a bachelor thesis within the AI-Bility project was not like that at all. The practical foundation of my bachelor thesis was the qualitative data collected in interviews with 45 German schoolchildren. The theoretical foundation was the research article “On the Design of and… Read More »Schoolchildren’s Attitude toward and Interaction with Conversational Agents
  • A picture says more than 1,000 words: Developing the logo for the AI-bility project
    At the beginning, we didn’t really know how our logo should look like. For sure, there should be a robot to express our research on teenagers and their ability to use conversational AI. Read here about our journey from a blank space to our logo. Alessia started out thinking about how a robot like NAO… Read More »A picture says more than 1,000 words: Developing the logo for the AI-bility project
  • Project Meeting – Prep for WP3
    Two task in one place: First, we conducted a project meeting to prepare work package 3. During this we will ultimately conduct experiments with various types of Conversational Agents. School children will solve different tasks with chat bots, google nest, and nao. Second, we supervised a PHD seminar of the ERCIS network: Eight PhD students… Read More »Project Meeting – Prep for WP3
  • Panel Proposal Accepted for ECIS 2022
    We are finally able to congratulate you and the other proposers on the quality of the theme and plan sent. […] Once again, congratulations on the acceptance of the proposal and we look forward to seeing you all in Timisoara in June. ECIS 2022 Panel Chairs The long awaited e-mail finally came. We will host a panel discussion… Read More »Panel Proposal Accepted for ECIS 2022
  • School Visits
    First data collection for our exploratory field study The main focus of our second work package was to do focus group interviews with schoolchildren in order to get deeper insights in how kids interact with conversational agents. We are very happy that we found two secondary schools in the greater Münster region that were interested… Read More »School Visits
  • Speech-to-Text
    There we are. Having 6h of kids talking in German, not always linear, having to consider the GDPR. We thought about running a local system, transcribing the voice of eight kids and the moderator. There are several options that we tried to use, specifically the following: Although it was not a problem getting them up… Read More »Speech-to-Text
  • Our Market Exploration
    What kinds of conversational agents are on the market? Which of them are especially designed for children and how are they called? Prior to this project we already began to look for products which were available on the European markets. We did so only sporadically, although we did find some interesting products. It is only… Read More »Our Market Exploration
  • Project Kick-Off
    After months of Zoom meetings in which we prepared the project application and then, again, online celebrating after receiving the acceptance notification, we finally had our “real life” kick-off meeting in Münster on the 15th-16th November 2021. Of course, we had to discuss the project management, the responsibilities for the different work packages, the plans… Read More »Project Kick-Off