Nils Frederik Tolksdorf

 Nils Frederik Tolksdorf

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Research Associate

Institut für Germanistik und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft

Research Associate

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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.

Research projects


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.


Latest Publications

Social/dialogical roles of social robots in supporting children’s learning of language and literacy—A review and analysis of innovative roles
K. Rohlfing, N. Altvater-Mackensen, N. Caruana, R. van den Berghe, B. Bruno, N.F. Tolksdorf, A. Hanulíková, Frontiers in Robotics and AI 9 (2022).
Who is that?! Does Changing the Robot as a Learning Companion Impact Preschoolers’Language Learning?
N.F. Tolksdorf, D. Hönemann, F.E. Viertel, K. Rohlfing, in: Proceedings of the 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 2022, pp. 1069–1074.
Do Shy Children Keep more Distance from a Social Robot? Exploring Shy Children’s Proxemics with a Social Robot or a Human
N.F. Tolksdorf, F.E. Viertel, C.E. Crawshaw, K.J. Rohlfing, in: Interaction Design and Children, 2021.
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