Context Many children struggle to find their voice in social situations. They may be shy, suffer from social anxiety, be new to a culture (migrants) or have impairments in communication due to atypical development (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, speech or hearing disorders).
The voices of these children often go unheard, as they find it hard to contribute to a conversation.
The Find your Voice (FyV, http://wafa.johal.org/project/fyv/) project was initiated to investigate how joke telling could help children to speak up and gain confidence.
Context Natural language is an important part of communication since it offers an intuitive and efficient way of conveying ideas to another individual. Enabling robots to efficiently use language is essential for human-robot collaboration. In this project, we aim to develop an interface between a dialog manager (i.e. DialogFlow) and ROS (Robotics Operating System). By doing this, we will be able to use the powerful dialogue systems in human-robot interaction scenario.