Our new open dataset of child-child and child-robot social interactions is online. 120 children freely playing together, 45+h of recordings, 11500+ annotations of social behaviours: Go and grab it!
I'm starting a faculty position at Plymouth University as a lecturer (assistant professor) in robotics and artificial intelligence! Exciting!
Update! We have been awarded the Best 'Design' Paper Award for our paper on the Cellulo robot. Great!
We have two papers accepted for presentation at the HRI 2017 conference next March in Vienna!
The first one presents Cellulo, the new little robots we have created at EPFL: small, cheap, 'child-proof', holonomic and self-localised, they might well be the future of robotics in the classroom! And we already have many ideas how to use them to enhance learning in innovative ways, like this real-world simulation of molecules.
alt.HRI is about offering a high-visibility venue for unconventional, radical, thought-provoking (yet rigorous!) research on the future of human-robot interactions. With a special flavour this year: we invited authors to discuss the Less Positive Side of Human-Robot Interaction.
With the help of a great international committee (Kate Darling, Seiichiro Katsura, Iolanda Leite, Angelica Lim, Hirotaka Osawa, Ana Paiva, Bill Smart and Mary-Anne Williams), we have selected four contributions which will be presented during the HRI 2017 conference next March in Vienna. From a robot which physically takes control of your throat and dictates what you say to robots which feel scared when they visit unknown places, I'm very excited with the programme!