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Poppy as advanced rubber ducky

Kruiff, K.T. de (2018) Poppy as advanced rubber ducky.

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Abstract:Rubber duck debugging has been a valid method used by computer scientist to find and solve bugs in computer code. Social robots have shown to socially engage people. This study explores both of these paradigms to investigate whether they can augment each other. Seventeen Creative Technology students were asked to solve two programming assignments while explaining their actions to a humanoid robot named Poppy. For one of the assignments Poppy would react non-verbally to what the students explained, for the other assignment Poppy would remain stationary. The test has shown no significant statistical difference between the assignment being made while Poppy was reacting to the student and the assignment being made while Poppy was not reacting. However some participants reported talking to Poppy as being helpful. It can be concluded that the experiment performed as described in this study had a lack of participants. Suspected is that this concept might be useful for some individuals but not conclusively for anyone.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:05 communication studies, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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