UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 15th March: Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire – Interaction with Robots - Challenges and opportunities in   Human-Robot Interaction
Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire

Title

UCLIC Research Seminar 15th March: Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire – Interaction with Robots - Challenges and opportunities in Human-Robot Interaction

Abstract

Please note changed time and location of this seminar

Human-robot interaction (HRI) is a highly interdisciplinary field that has grown substantially over the past 15 years. My talk will reflect on the concept of 'social robots' and focus on companion robots, i.e. robots that provide useful assistance to people and are required to interact with people in a socially acceptable ways. More and more robotics projects focus on human-robot collaboration and interaction scenarios, with applications e.g. in healthcare, service robotics, entertainment and manufacturing. My own research currently includes basic research into HRI as well as application oriented research into the development of robot home companions and robot-assisted therapy for children with autism. The talk will emphasize the need for a highly user-centred towards design, development and evaluation of companion robots. General findings from such work highlight the need for robots to be personalized and to learn cooperatively with the users. Thus, while companion robots don't necessarily need to be 'life-like' or humanoid in appearance and behaviour, they do need to deal with the complexity and dynamics of the (human) social and non-social environments they operate in. I will outline challenges and opportunities of these research areas, avenues for future research, and will also comment on some common misconceptions of the reality and future of social robotics.

Biography

I am Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire, where I am a coordinator of the Adaptive Systems Research Group. Main areas of my research are Human-Robot Interaction, Social Robotics, Socially Intelligent Agents and Artificial Life, you can find out more about it on this homepage. I am former member of the Department of Biological Cybernetics at University of Bielefeld, Germany, 1990-1993, and AI-Lab at GMD (now Fraunhofer), Sankt Augustin, Germany, 1993-1996, and VUB Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Brussels, Belgium, until end of 1996. From January 1997 to April 2000 Lecturer, Department of Cybernetics at University of Reading, United Kingdom. In April 2000 I joined the Department of Computer Science (now School of Computer Science) at University of Hertfordshire as Principal Lecturer. Later I got promoted to Reader (2001) and then in 2003 to full Professor.

Host

Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn will be hosted by Enrico Costanza. Please contact Enrico if you would like to set up any meetings.