Humanoid robots as teaching assistants in an arab school

Omar Mubin, Mariam Alhashmi, Rama Baroud, Fady S. Alnajjar

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The proliferation of educational robots has led to an investigation of suitable roles that humanoids robots can take in the classroom. In the recent past, the focus has been on humanoids being used in student focused roles or as peer learners. Coupled with the seemingly absence of any case studies of educational robots in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or the Arab world, we present a study where we employed the Nao robot as a teaching assistant in a local primary school in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Nao robot was used to revise a topic in Mathematics and its efficacy in comparison to a human teaching assistant was measured through pre and post test scores, facial expressions and indirect verbal responses. Our results showed that while there no significant differences in test scores, the children were much more engaged when interacting with the Nao robot. We conclude with a positive outlook towards the implementation of humanoid robots in UAE classrooms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction, OzCHI 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450376969
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2 2019
Event31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction, OzCHI 2019 - Perth/Fremantle, Australia
Duration: Dec 2 2019Dec 5 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction, OzCHI 2019


  • Arab School
  • Nao
  • Social Robots
  • Teaching Assistants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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