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Nils Frederik Tolksdorf

 Nils Frederik Tolksdorf

Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften > Institut für Germanistik und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft > Germanistische und Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft

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In this project, child-robot interaction is investigated from the perspectives of media pedagogy and psycholinguistics: How to design a child-oriented dialogue? Can preschoolers' language development benefit longitudinally from an interaction with a robot? What do kindergarten teachers expect from a child-robot interaction? The project addresses the need to introduce digital technology to children in order to foster equality in digital society.



Research focus

Research Interests:

  • Early language development, children's acquisition of words
  • Language learning with social robots
  • Social robotics
  • Robots in early education

Nils F. Tolksdorf is a PhD fellow of the Digital Society research program, funded by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and works at Paderborn University, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Katharina Rohlfing. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Linguistics from Paderborn University. His research focuses on how children can consolidate language learning in a long-term and robust way with a social robot.

Journal articles

Tolksdorf, N. F., Crawshaw, C. E., & Rohlfing, K. J. (submitted). Comparing the effects of a different social partner (social robot vs. Human) on children’s social referencing in interaction.

Tolksdorf, N. F., Siebert, S., Zorn, I., Horwath, I., & Rohlfing, K. J. (2020). Ethical Considerations of Applying Robots in Kindergarten Settings: Towards an Approach from a Macroperspective. International Journal of Social Robotics. [PDF]

Siebert, S., Tolksdorf, N., Rohlfing, K., & Zorn, I. (2019). Raising Robotic Natives?: Persuasive Potentials of Social Robots in Early Education. The Journal of Communication and Media Studies, 4(4), 21–35.

Conference contributions

Tolksdorf, N. F., Viertel, F., & Rohlfing, K. J. (2020). Do shy children behave differently than non-shy children in a long-term child-robot interaction?: An analysis of positive and negative expressions of shyness in kindergarten children. Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 488–490. Cambridge, UK. [PDF]

Tolksdorf, N. F., Siebert, S., Rohlfing, K. J., & Zorn, I. (2019). Parents’ views on social robots for language learning. Proceedings of the 2019 Joint IEEE 9th International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob), 107–108. Oslo, Norway.

Tolksdorf, N. F., Mertens, U., & Rohlfing, K. J. (2019). When learning words with robots, children’s answers are multimodal: a challenge for a dialogue design. Presented at the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Orlando, USA.

Tolksdorf, N. F., Hönemann, D., Rohlfing, K. J., & Viertel, F. (2019). Do shy children behave differently than non-shy children in a child-robot interaction? An analysis of positive and negative expressions of shyness in kindergarten children. Presented at the Atypical Interaction Conference, Helsinki, Finland.

Tolksdorf, N. F., & Rohlfing, K. J. (2019). Reconceptualising early childhood literacy facing child-robot interaction. Presented at Reconceptualising Early Childhood Literacies: An International Conference, Manchester, UK.

Tolksdorf, N. F., Mertens, U., & Rohlfing, K. J. (2018). Multimodal response behavior of children during word learning with a robot. Presented at the Symposium on Robots for Language Learning, Istanbul, Turkey.

Siebert, S., & Tolksdorf, N. F. (2018). Raising Robotic Natives? Ethical aspects of learning with robots in kindergarten. Presented at the Third International Conference on Communication & Media Studies, Berkeley, USA.

Mertens, U., Bergmann, K., Tolksdorf, N. F., & Rohlfing, K. (2018). Can the reduction of an iconic gesture aid long-term learning? A pilot child-robot-study. Presented at the Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies: Gesture and Diversity, Cape Town, South Africa

Book chapters

Tolksdorf, N. F., & Mertens, U. (2020). Beyond words: Children’s multimodal responses during word learning with a robot. In K. J. Rohlfing & C. Müller-Brauers (Eds.), International perspectives on digital media and early literacy: The impact of digital devices on learning, language acquisition and social interaction. Routledge.

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