Humanoid Robots: Useful or Useless?


  • Richard C Seals University of Greenwich



Assessment, Learning Technology


The potential usefulness of a humanoid robot (Robothespian) was investigated by a group of six MSc students who chose to use this system for one of their oral assignments. A variety of methodologies were used by the student ranging from treating the Robothepsian mostly as a machine to an apparently fully interactive live conversation. The humanoid robot proved to be an interesting and stimulating approach but it did have problems with the user interface used (touch screen display) and that there was only one available.

Author Biography

Richard C Seals, University of Greenwich

A Principal Lecturer within the Department of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering. Currently operating as Departmental Coordinator for taught post graduate Programmes.


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