Below are the projects which I was/am currently involved in.
Accompany - Acceptable Robotics Companions for Ageing Years
The Accompany project focus on the study of a robotic companion, as part of an intelligent home environment that provide services to elderly users to facilitate independent living at home.
Cogniron - The Cognitive Robot CompanionThe Cogniron research project involves research in the area of the perceptual, representational, reasoning and learning capabilities of embodied robots in human-centred environments, aiming to develop a robot that is capable of behaving like a companion for humans in their daily life.
The project research areas I’m currently involved in are intentionality and initiative, and social behaviour and embodied interaction.
The Cognitive Robot Companion is an Integrated Project funded by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme.
Psalm - an Autonomous Wheelchair at an Art Gallery An autonomous wheelchair has become a piece of art named "Psalms" as a part of an exhibition entitled "Nine Night in Eldorado" by Donald Rodney, held at the South London Gallery until the 12th October 1997. The wheelchair was modified at the School of Computing of the University of Plymouth to perform a repeated sequence of circles, spirals and figures of eight, as specified by the artist Donald Rodney, himself disabled by sickle cell anaemia. The wheelchair uses 8 sonar sensors, shaft-encoders, a video camera and a rate gyroscope to determine its position. A neural network using normalised RBF nodes encodes the sequence of 25 semi-circular sequences of positions forming the trajectory. The control system comprises a laptop PC 586 running a control program written in CORTEX-PRO, and linked to a Rug Warrior board built around the 68000 microcontroller.
"...Our fear of automata is again harnessed in Psalms, as the empty wheelchair courses through its various trajectories on a sad and lonely journey of life, a journey to nowhere. Its movements repeat like an ever recurring memory, a memory of another life and another journey, that of Donald Rodney's father..." (Exhibition brochure, Jane Bilton.)
LIREC - Living with Robots and Interactive CompanionsLIREC project is a European funded (FP7) research project exploring how we live with digital companions. The companions can be in digital form and take the appearance of an avatar on the computer screen and mobile phone or taking a physical form by migrating into a robot.
Intelligent Vision-based Navigation System This project presents a complete vision-based navigation system that can plan an obstacle-avoiding path to a desired destination on the basis of an internal map updated with information gathered from its visual sensor. For vision-based self-localization, the system uses new floor-edges-specific filters for detecting floor edges and their pose, a new algorithm for determining the orientation of the robot, and a new procedure for selecting the initial positions in the self-localization procedure. Self-localization is based on matching visually detected features with those stored in a prior map. For planning, the system demonstrates for the first time a real-world application of the neural-resistive grid method to robot navigation. The neural-resistive grid is modified with a new connectivity scheme that allows to represent the collision free space of the robot with finite dimensions via divergent connections between the spatial memory and the neuro-resistive grid. A new control system is proposed. It uses a Smith Predictor architecture that has been modified for navigation applications and for intermittent delayed feedback typical of artificial vision. A receding horizon control strategy is implemented using Normalised Radial Basis Function nets as trajectory encoders, to ensure continuous motion during the delay between measurements. The system is tested in a simplified environment where an obstacle placed anywhere is detected visually and is integrated in the path planning process. The results show the validity of the control concept and the crucial importance of a robot vision-based self-localization process.
The ©Looking Clock - a digital art piece by Chris Speed The ©Looking Clock is a digital art piece that could function as a product but at present represents an alternative to delivering time and ultimately moving between lived time and universal time or the moment and the instant. Very simply, it is an analogue clock that only reveals the time and continues working when a person is present and looking at it.
Michael L. Walters, Manja Lohse, Marc Hanheide, Britta Wrede, Kheng Lee Koay, Dag Sverre Syrdal, Anders Green, Helge Huttenrauch, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Gerhard Sagerer, Kerstin Severinson-Eklund, Evaluating the behaviour of domestic robots using video-based studies. Advanced Robotics Vol. 25 No. 18, December 2011.
Dag Sverre Syrdal, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Michael Leonard Walters, Kheng Lee Koay, Nuno Otero (2011) The Theatre methodology for facilitating discussion in human-robot interaction on information disclosure in a home environment. Proceedings RO-MAN 2011, 20th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, USA - 31 July - 3 August 2011, 479 - 484
Deshmukh, Amol A. and Lim, Mei Yii and Kriegel, Michael and Aylett, Ruth and Du Casse, Kyron and Kheng L, Koay and Dautenhahn, Kerstin (2011). Managing social constraints on recharge behaviour for robot companions using memory. Proceedings of the 6th international conference on Human-robot interaction, Lausanne, Switzerland, 129-130.
K.L. Koay, D.S. Syrdal, K. Dautenhahn, K. Arent, L. Malek, and B. Kreczmer (2011). Companion Migration – Initial Participants' Feedback from a Video-Based Prototyping Study, Mixed Reality and Human-Robot Interaction, Springer, Series Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering", vol. 47, Xiangyu Wang (Ed.), pp133-151.
Dag Sverre Syrdal, Kheng Lee Koay, Marta Gacsi, Michael Leonard Walters, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2010). Video Prototyping of Dog-Inspired Non-verbal Affective Communication for an Appearance Constrained Robot. Proceedings of the 19th IEEE International Symposium in Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Sep. 12 - 15th, 2010, Viareggio, Italy, IEEE Press, 632-637.
Dag Sverre Syrdal, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Kheng Lee Koay, Michael Leonard Walters, Nuno Otero (2010). Exploring Human Mental Models of Robots through Explicitation Interviews. Proceedings IEEE RO-MAN 2010, 19th IEEE International Symposium in Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Sep. 12 - 15th, 2010, Viareggio, Italy, IEEE Press, 638-645.
Kheng Lee Koay, Dag Sverre Syrdal, Michael L. Walters and Kerstin Dautenhahn (2009). A User Study on Visualization of Agent Migration between Two Companion Robots. In Press. 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 19-24 July 09, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA
Kyron Du Casse, Kheng Lee Koay, Wan Ching Ho, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2009). Reducing the cost of robotics software: SAMGAR, a generic modular robotic software communication architecture. Proceedings 14th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2009), June 22-26 2009, Munich, Germany.
M. L. Walters, K. Dautenhahn, R. te Boekhorst & K. L. Koay (2009). An Empirical Framework for Human Robot Proximity, Proceedings New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction, a symposium at the AISB2009 Convention, Heriot Watt University, 8-9 April 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland, published by SSAISB, ISBN - 190295680X, pp. 144-149
M. L. Walters, D. S. Syrdal, K. L. Koay, K. Dautenhahn & R. te Boekhorst (2009). Human Preferences and Perceptions of Robot Appearances, Proceedings New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction, a symposium at the AISB2009 Convention, Heriot Watt University, 8-9 April 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland, published by SSAISB, ISBN - 190295680X, pp. 136-143
Dag Sverre Syrdal, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Kheng Lee Koay, Michael L. Walters (2009). The Negative Attitudes towards Robots Scale and Reactions to Robot Behaviour in a Live Human-Robot Interaction Study, Proceedings New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction, a symposium at the AISB2009 Convention, Heriot Watt University, 8-9 April 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland, published by SSAISB, ISBN - 190295680X, pp. 109-115
Dag Sverre Syrdal, Kheng Lee Koay, Michael L. Walters and Kerstin Dautenhahn (2009). "The boy-robot should bark!" – Children's Impressions of Agent Migration into Diverse Embodiments, Proceedings New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction, a symposium at the AISB2009 Convention, Heriot Watt University, 8-9 April 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland, published by SSAISB, ISBN - 190295680X, pp. 116-121
Koay, K.L., Syrdal, D.S., Walters, M.L.; Dautenhahn, K. (2009). Five Weeks in the Robot House – Exploratory Human-Robot Interaction Trials in a Domestic Setting. Proceedings of the 2009 Second International Conferences on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, 1-7 Feb. 2009, Cancun, Mexico, 219-226.
M. L. Walters, D. S. Syrdal, K. L. Koay, K. Dautenhahn, R. te Boekhorst (2008) Human Approach Distances to a Mechanical-Looking Robot with Different Robot Voice Styles. Proc. IEEE RO-MAN 2008, 1-3 August 2008, Technische Universitat Munchen, Munich, Germany.
Manja Lohse, Marc Hanheide, Britta Wrede, Michael L. Walters, Kheng Lee Koay, Dag Sverre Syrdal, Anders Green, Helge Hüttenrauch, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Gerhard Sagerer, and Kerstin Severinson-Eklundh (2008). Evaluating extrovert and introvert behaviour of a domestic robot – a video study. Proc. IEEE RO-MAN 2008, 1-3 August 2008, Technische Universitat Munchen, Munich, Germany.
N. R. Otero, A. Alissandrakis, K. Dautenhahn, C. L. Nehaniv, D. S. Syrdal, K. L. Koay (2008). Human to Robot Demonstrations of Routine Home Tasks: Exploring the Role of the Robot's Feedback. Proc. ACM/IEEE 3rd International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2008).
Dag S. Syrdal, Michael L. Walters, Kheng L. Koay, Kerstin Dautenhahn (2008). The role of autonomy and interaction type on spatial comfort in an HRI scenario, a Proc. of "Robotic Helpers: User Interaction, Interfaces and Companions in Assistive and Therapy Robotics", pages 27-29, a Workshop at ACM/IEEE HRI 2008, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 12 March 2008, Technical Report 470 University of Hertfordshire, UK
D. S. Syrdal, K. Dautenhahn, M. L. Walters, K. L Koay (2008). Sharing Spaces with Robots in a Home Scenario – Anthropomorphic Attributions and their Effect on Proxemic Expectations and Evaluations in a Live HRI Trial. Proc. AAAI Fall 2008 Symposium "AI in Eldercare: New Solutions to Old Problems" November 7-9, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 116-123.
Michael L. Walters, Dag S. Syrdal, Kerstin Dautenhahn, René te Boekhorst and Kheng Lee Koay (2008). Avoiding the uncanny valley: robot appearance, personality and consistency of behavior in an attention-seeking home scenario for a robot companion. Autonomous Robots,Volume 24, Number 2 / February, 2008, pp. 159-178
Kheng Lee Koay , Dag Sverre Syrdal , Michael L. Walters , and Kerstin Dautenhahn (2007). Living with Robots: Investigating the Habituation Effect in Participants? Preferences during a Longitudinal Human-Robot Interaction. Accepted for publication in IEEE RO-MAN (Jeju Island, Korea, 26-29 August 2007), 564-569.
Dag Sverre Syrdal, Kheng Lee Koay, Michael L. Walters, and Kerstin Dautenhahn (2007). A Personalized Robot Companion? - the Role of Individual Differences on Spatial Preferences in HRI Scenarios. Accepted for publication in IEEE RO-MAN (Jeju Island, Korea, 26-29 August 2007), 1143-1148.
Woods, S., Dautenhahn, K., Kaouri, C., Boekhorst, R.t., Koay, K.L. and Walters, M.L. (2007). Are robots like people? Relationships between participant and robot personality traits in human–robot interaction studies. Interaction Studies, 8 (2). 281–305.
M.L. Walters, K. Dautenhahn, R. te Boekhorst, K.L. Koay, and S.N. Woods (2007). Exploring the Design Space of Robot Appearance and Behavior in an Attention-Seeking ‘Living Room’ Scenario for a Robot Companion. in IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life, (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 2007), 341-347.
Syrdal, D. S.; Walters, M. L.; Otero, N. R.; Koay, K. L.; & Dautenhahn, K. (2007). He knows when you are sleeping - Privacy and the Personal Robot. Proceedings AAAI-07 Workshop W06 on Human Implications of Human-Robot Interaction, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 22 2007, pp. 28-33.
K.L. Koay, E.A. Sisbot, D.S. Syrdal, M.L. Walters, K. Dautenhahn and R. Alami (2007). Exploratory Study of a Robot Approaching a Person in the Context of Handing Over an Object. in AAAI 2007 Spring Symposia - Technical Report SS-07-07, 26-28 March 2007, pp.18-24.
D.S. Syrdal, K. Dautenhahn, S.N. Woods, M.L. Walters and K.L. Koay (2007). Looking Good? Appearance Preferences and Robot Personality Inferences at Zero Acquaintance. in AAAI 2007 Spring Symposia - Technical Report SS-07-07, 26-28 March 2007, pp.86-92.
M.L. Walters, K.L. Koay, Sarah N. Woods, Dag. S. Syrdal and K. Dautenhahn (2007). Robot to Human Approaches: Preliminary Results on Comfortable Distances and Preferences. in AAAI 2007 Spring Symposia -Technical Report SS-07-07, 26-28 March 2007, pp.103-109.
K. L. Koay, M. L. Walters, D. S. Syrdal, K. Dautenhahn (2007). Robot Cues and Appearances Video Trials. In C. Bartneck & T Kanda (Eds) HRI Caught on Film, Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGCHI/SIGART Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 07), Washington DC, USA. pp. 177-184
M. L. Walters, K. L. Koay, D. S. Syrdal, K. Dautenhahn (2007). Longitudinal HRI Trials Video Clips. In C. Bartneck & T Kanda (Eds) HRI Caught on Film, Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGCHI/SIGART Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 07), Washington DC, USA. pp. 177-184
Michael L. Walters, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Sarah N. Woods, Kheng Lee Koay (2007). Robotic Etiquette: Results from User Studies
Involving a Fetch and Carry Task. in Proceeding of 2nd Annual Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (March 8-11, 2007, Arlington, Virginia, USA) pp. 317-324.
M. L. Walters, K. Dautenhahn, S. N. Woods, K. L. Koay, R. te Boekhorst, D. Lee (2006). Exploratory Studies on Social Spaces between Humans and a Mechanical-looking Robot. Connection Science 18(4), pp. 429-442.
Bugmann, G., Robinson, P. and Koay, K.L (2006). ‘Stable encoding of robot paths using normalised radial basis networks: application to an autonomous wheelchair’, Int. J. Vehicle Autonomous Systems, Vol. 4, Nos. 2-4, pp.239–249.
M.L. Walters, K. Dautenhahn, S.N. Woods, K.L. Koay, R. te Boekhorst and D. Lee (2006). Exploratory Studies on Social Spaces between Humans and a Mechanical-looking Robot. Connection Science. in Android Science Special Issue, 4 December 2006, V18, 4, 429-442.
K.L. Koay, Z. Zivkovic, B. Kröse, K. Dautenhahn, M.L. Walters, N. Otero and A. Alissandrakis (2006). Methodological Issues of Annotating Vision Sensor Data Using Subjects‚ Own Judgement of Comfort in a Robot Human Following Experiment. in Proceeding of IEEE RO-MAN (University of Hertfordshire UK, 6-8 September 2006), 66-73.
S. Woods, M.L. Walters, K.L. Koay and K. Dautenhahn (2006). Methodological Issues in HRI: A Comparison of Live and Video-Based Methods in Robot to Human Approach Direction Trials. in Proceeding of IEEE RO-MAN (University of Hertfordshire UK, 6-8 September 2006), 51-58.
D.S. Syrdal, K. Dautenhahn, S. Woods, M.L. Walters and K.L. Koay(2006). Doing the Right Thing Wrong' - Personality and Tolerance to Uncomfortable Robot Approaches. in Proceeding of IEEE RO-MAN (University of Hertfordshire UK, 6-8 September 2006), 183-188.
S. Woods, M. Walters, K.L. Koay, K. Dautenhahn (2006). Comparing Human Robot Interaction Scenarios Using Live and Video Based Methods: Towards a Novel Methodological Approach. in Proceeding of AMC'06, The 9th International Workshop on Advanced Motion Control (Istanbul, March 2006), 750-755.
K.L. Koay, K. Dautenhahn, S.N. Woods and M.L. Walters (2006). Empirical Results from Using a Comfort Level Device in Human-Robot Interaction Studies. in Proceeding of 1st Annual Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2006), 194-201.
K. Dautenhahn, M.L. Walters, S.N. Woods, K.L. Koay, C.L. Nehaniv, E.A. Sisbot, R. Alami, T.Siméon (2006). How may I serve you? A robot companion approaching a seated person in a helping context. in Proceeding of 1st Annual Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2006), 172-179.
M.L. Walters, K. Dautenhahn, K.L. Koay, C. Kaouri, R. te Boekhorst, C.L. Nehaniv, I. Werry and D. Lee (2005). Close encounters: Spatial distances between people and a robot of mechanistic appearance. in Proceedings of 5th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Tsukuba, Japan, December 2005), 450-455.
S. Woods, K. Dautenhahn, C. Kaouri, R. te Boekhorst and K.L. Koay (2005). Is this robot like me? Links between human and robot personality traits. in Proceedings of 5th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Tsukuba, Japan, December 2005), 375-380.
E.A. Sisbot, R. Alami and T.Siméon, and K. Dautenhahn, M.L. Walters, S.N. Woods, K.L. Koay and C.L. Nehaniv (2005). Navigation in the Presence of Humans. in Proceedings of 5th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Tsukuba, Japan, December 2005), 181-188.
K.L. Koay, M.L. Walters and K. Dautenhahn (2005). Methodological Issues using a Comfort Level Device in Human-Robot Interactions. in Proceeding of IEEE RO-MAN (Nashville TN, August 2005), 359-364.
M.L. Walters, K. Dautenhahn, R. te Boekhorst, K.L. Koay, C. Kaouri, S. Woods, C. Nehaniv, D. Lee and I. Werry (2005). The Influence of Subjects’ Personality Traits on Personal Spatial Zones in a Human-Robot Interaction Experiment. in Proceeding of IEEE RO-MAN (Nashville TN, August 2005), 347-352.
M. Finke, K.L. Koay, K. Dautenhahn, C.L. Nehaniv, M.L. Walters and J. Saunders (2005). Hey, I'm over here - How can a robot attract people's attention?. in Proceeding of IEEE RO-MAN (Nashville TN, August 2005), 7-12.
K. Dautenhahn, S. Woods, C. Kaouri, M. Walters, K.L. Koay and I. Werry (2005). What is a Robot Companion - Friend, Assistant or Butler?. in Proceeding of IEEE IROS (Edmonton, Alberta Canada, August 2005), 1488-1493.
M. Walters, K. Dautenhahn, R. te Boekhorst, K. L. Koay, C. Kaouri, S. Woods, C. Nehaniv, D. Lee and I. Werry (2005). The Influence of Subjects' Personality Traits on Predicting Comfortable Human-Robot Approach Distances. in Proceedings of Toward Social Mechanisms of Android Science, CogSci-2005 Workshop (Stresa Italy, July 2005), 29-37.
R. te Boekhorst, M. Walters, K.L. Koay, K. Dautenhahn and C. Nehaniv (2005). A Study of a Single Robot Interacting with Groups of Children in a Rotation Game Scenario. in Proceeding of IEEE CIRA (Espoo Findland, June 2005), 35-40.
M. Walters, S. Woods, K.L. Koay and K. Dautenhahn (2005). Practical and methodological challenges in designing and conducting interaction studies with human subjects. in Proceeding of AISB Symposium on Robot Companions Hard Problems and Open Challenges in Human-Robot Interaction (University of Herfordshire UK, April 2005), 110-120.
K.L. Koay and G. Bugmann (2004). Compensating Intermittent Delayed Visual Feedback in Robot Navigation. in Proceedings of Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (University of Essex UK, September 2004).
K.L. Koay (2003). Intelligent vision-based navigation system. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Plymouth.
K.L. Koay, G. Bugmann, N. Barlow, M. Phillips and D. Rodney (1998). Representation of Trajectories for Mobile Robots. in Proceeding of the 6th International Symposium on Intelligent Robotic Systems (University of Edinburgh UK, July 1998), 185-194.
G. Bugmann, K.L. Koay, N. Barlow, M. Phillips and D. Rodney (1998). Stable Encoding of Robot Trajectories using Normalised Radial Basis Functions: Application to an Autonomous Wheelchair. in Proceeding of ISR (Birmingham UK, April 1998), 232-235.
HRI2013, HRI2012,HRI2011,HRI2010,HRI2009,HRI2008, HRI2007, HRI2006
ICRA 2013, ICRA 2011,ICRA2009
RO-MAN 2007 - IPC (International Programme Committee) Members and Session Chair for [WB3] Sociality/Personality of Robot.
AAAI - Spring Symposium 2007 on Multidisciplinary Collaboration for Socially Assistive Robotics - Session Chair for the Technical Solutions in Assistive Robotics session.
RO-MAN 2006 - Programme Committee, Reviewer and Session Chair for the Interfaces and Interaction Modalities session.
Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems.
International Journal of Humanoid Robotics - Special Issue on "Interactive Humanoid Robots".
Autonomous Robots - Special Issue on "Socially Assistive Robotics".
Designing Robot Companions as Home Assistants, ICRS Megabyte Talks, 1 November 2011, Imperial College, UK.
International Ethological Conference, Rennes,19-24 August 2009.
Human-Robot Interaction Experiments for a Robot Companion, COGS Research Seminar, 8 May 2007, University of Sussex, UK.
Ismael Duque Garcia, PhD (Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn is Principle Supervisor), University of Hertfordshire.
Dag Syrdal, PhD (Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn is Principle Supervisor), University of Herfordshire.
Kyron du Casse, PhD (Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn is Principle Supervisor), University of Hertfordshire.
M.L Walters, PhD (Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn is Principle Supervisor), University of Hertfordshire, 2008.
Markus Finke, Visiting Researcher, University of Ilmenau, Germany 2004-5.
Media involvement and dissemination event.
BBC Horizon filming at UH Robot House, Hatfield (LIREC), 14 December 2011.
RobotVille Festival at London's Science Museum, London (LIREC), 1-4 December 2011.
Naidex South 2011 at London Excel, London (LIREC), 19-20 October 2011.
Robot Demonstration at TAROS 2011 academic-industrial demonstration day, Sheffield (LIREC), 1-2 September 2011.
LIREC Industry Event at University of Hertfordshire's Robot House, Hatfield (LIREC), 16 June 2011.
Presented and demonstrated Sunflower Robot functionalities and how it integration with the UH Robot House.
Little Howard's Big Question, Can I be in two places at once, (LIREC), May 2011.
Robot Demonstration at ScienceOxford for the Public, Oxford (Walking with Robots), 7-8 December 2009.
Festival of Robotics at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (Walking with Robots), 26-27 October 2009
Intelligent Robots in Science and Society, House of Commons, London (Walking with Robots), 22 April 2008.
Walking with Robots Vision Conference, Royal Academy of Engineering, London (Walking with Robots), 5 December 2007.
As one of the five expert panel members.
UH Team Conducted "Meet the Scientist Sessions" in Rickmansworth School (Walking With Robot), 4 December 2006.
CNBC Europe feature the Robot House, 15 November 2006
The Robot in the Robot House, 14 November 2006
2nd law of robotics: give them faces, 30 August 2006
Guardian Unlimited Science Weekly Podcast, 29 August 2006
Short interview regarding the HRI research conducted at University of Hertfordshire Robot House
Machine Men, broadcasted 13, 20, 21 May 2006
Cogniron and the Robot House were featured on BBC4 as part of "Machine Men.
Robots, if you please, 11 April 2006
Discovery channel reported on the Robot House and other experiments on teaching robots manners.
SBS team filmed the Robot House, 5 April 2006
A Korean TV team from SBS filmed the Robot House for a new story on robotics.
British Satellite News filmed the Robot House, 31 January 2006
BBC three counties radio - The John Pilgrim Show (interview with Mick Walters), The World Today, BBC World Service, Chiltern FM, Mercury FM.
Experiments in the "Robot House" as part of the Cogniron project were portrayed in newspapers/magazines, Jan-February 2006
The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, Sandwell West Mid Express and Star, The Scotsman, Belfast News Letter Group, Electronics Weekly , Express and Star Wolverhampton, Dundee Courier, Liverpool Daily Post, Scottish daily Record , Welwyn and Hatfield Times, Business Weekly, The Engineer, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Computer Weekly, Financial Times.
BBC News Online reported on our social robotics research, 27 January 2006
Young science in Europe, 4 November 2005
Ina Zwerger of Austrian Radio One visited and interviewed researchers at Adaptive Systems Research Group for a report on "Young science in Europe“.
Robot Companions - Live Human-Robot Experiments as part of robotics demo sessions at AISB'05, 13 April 2005
As part of the AISB'05 convention the Hertfordshire Cogniron team setup live HRI experiments that AISB'05 participants can join in. We showed a mock-up living room setup where a robot approaches a subject, who is watching TV, along different trajectories. In a second experiment personal spatial zones were accessed and related to the robot's expressiveness. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the Wizard-of-Oz methodology and discuss the experimental setup and research questions with members of the Cogniron team. Other demonstrations of research in the Adaptive Systems Research Group were shown at the same event (13 April 2005, 5.45-7.45pm, University of Hertfordshire).
Robots learn 'robotiquette' rules, 28 October 2004
Presented the Cogniron Peoplebots at the British Science Museum in London, performing a game for up to 40 children at a time.