For the past two weeks, we have been trying to come up with situations that will be suitable for each type of social relationship type. After two weeks, we have come up with 16 different situations, and there are 10 different relationship types. Last week, we finished coming up with rough drafts of the questions for the survey. This week and next week, we will be reviewing & editing the questions to make sure that they are phrased properly.
This past Tuesday, we finally met again! With finals, winter break, and now the new semester starting, we, finally, found some time to all meet and go over a general schedule for this semester. In January, we’ll try to finish designing the experiment and hopefully be able to come up with social-situation questions (i.e. Prisoner’s Dilemma, Investor-Trustee Dilemma, etc.) and word them properly. In February, we can administer these questions (they will probably be in the form of a survey), and then in March, start to analyze the results and wrap up research for this year.
This week, we finished discussing the last of the background reading and started talking about our initial experimental design. The last reading was “a survey of socially interactive robots.” Basically, it was an overview of the history of social robots and the research that has been done in that field so far. It also discussed the different problems or research that could be done in the near future, as well as some long-term research.
As the title implies, this week, we discussed the interdependence, interaction, and relationships in robotics. This was also the third background-reading paper that we had. We talked about the theory of the mind, which helps a robot reason the state of its partner. We discussed that behavior is shaped by three different things: propoerties of a person, features of the situation, and social environment. Interaction is also defined in a similar way; it is conceptualized in terms of need, thoughts, and motives in relation to one another, when dealing with two or more people.
Our Expectations outline was very solid, according to Giselle. We are currently trying to schedule a meeting North Atlanta High School to see if we can start this program, starting in Spring 2007, with just a few mentor-student pairings.
These are all of the expectations we came up with, for all of the different groups of people involved. College of Computing Provide Grant money Performance assessment material Training resources Institutional stability and legal aid Receive Promotion of Technology and Computing GT awareness Mentors Student assessment Student achievement Consistent tutor sessions Contact with teachers and parents/guardian Extra (non-academic) one-on-one time with mentors Role model Attend GT functions Identify strengths and weaknesses Seek/encourage/provide/reference extra help Teach material and study habits Learning techniques Study skills Reading comprehension Writing proficiency Adhere to curriculum Confidentiality?
Over the past week, I have successfuly completed three background readings. The first reading deals with “The social function of intellect”, and it revolves around the area that animals are social beings. The reading also discusses how intellect and “social skill” must work together. This is, arguably, the most advanced type of “thought” that is possible. It is this combination that allows social primates, such as apes and humans, to calculate the consequences of their own behaviors and others’ behaviors.
Today, we met Giselle Martin. She is part of Admissions and Recruiting, as well and Minority Recruiting and Admissions in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. We met with her to talk to her about our proposed program, and she said it was very promising. Here are the minutes from the meeting. ************************* North Atlanta High School –? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Northside Drive, Atlanta ~ 5 mi.
Today, Corbin, Michael, and I all met and discussed a new program that we are trying to start up. It’s called Start To Finish. The main goal of this program is to get underachieving students in high schools to graduate. Of course, there are many many MANY logistics to this. But, the proposal that we have written is attached. ************************** Start To Finish: A Scholastic Mentor Program Proposal Summary: This proposal is to set forth the ideas and execution of a college to high school mentor program.
We had our first actual meeting as a group today. Earlier in the day, Brittany and I decided that we would research the following (This is courtesy of Alan Wags, our mentor for writing this): Develop Actor Scripts for Human-Robot Relationship Evaluation In order to examine the theoretical underpinnings of a human-robot relationship development, it will be necessary to generate methods and metrics for quantifying the success of one approach over another.