Our paper, “Elinor’s Talking to Me!”:Integrating Conversational AI into Children’s Narrative Science Programming, has been accepted to CHI 2022.

In this paper, we present our project with PBSKIDS to develop interactive science-focused videos in which the main character, powered by a conversational agent, engaged in contingent conversation with children by asking children questions and providing responsive feedback. We conducted a usability study and a randomized controlled study, suggesting the feasibility and effectiveness of using conversational technologies to better support child active learning and parent involvement.