ICRA'09 Paper Abstract


Paper FrB7.1

Trevor, Alexander J (Georgia Institute of Technology), Park, Hae Won (Georgia Institute of Technology), Howard, Ayanna (Georgia Institute of Technology), Kemp, Charlie (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Playing with Toys: Towards Autonomous Robot Manipulation for Therapeutic Play

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Robot Companions and Social Robots in Home Environments" (FrB7), Friday, May 15, 2009, 10:30−10:50, Room: 405

2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 12 - 17, 2009, Kobe, Japan

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on January 24, 2022

Keywords Robot Companions and Social Robots in Home Environments, Education Robotics


When young children play, they often manipulate toys that have been specifically designed to accommodate and stimulate their perceptual-motor skills. Robotic playmates capable of physically manipulating toys have the potential to engage children in therapeutic play and augment the beneficial interactions provided by overtaxed care givers and costly therapists. To date, assistive robots for children have almost exclusively focused on social interactions and teleoperative control. Within this paper we present progress towards the creation of robots that can engage children in manipulative play.

First, we present results from a survey of popular toys for children under the age of 2 which indicates that these toys share simplified appearance properties and are designed to support a relatively small set of coarse manipulation behaviors. We then present a robotic control system that autonomously manipulates several toys by taking advantage of this consistent structure. Finally, we show results from an integrated robotic system that imitates visually observed toy playing activities and is suggestive of opportunities for robots that play with toys.



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