I organized the HRI2008 Student Design Competition this year. We had seven teams from around the world, each giving the jury (Hiroshi Ishiguro, Kerstin Dautenhan, Peter Kahn, Karl MacDorman, audience) a five minutes presentation. The students created marvelous robots in the short time that was available to them. In the end, the team from Amsterdam won with their Phobot.
The teams and their robots.
Press coverage of the HRI Converence
- People prefer robots that do small talk, New Scientist, March 20th, 2008
- Robot Fetches Objects With Just A Point And A Click, Science Daily, March 19th, 2008
- HRI2008 Show, The NXT Step, March 15th, 2008
- Hoe aardig moet de mens-machine doen?, Volkskrant, March 15th, 2008, Video
- Robot Helps Those With Degenerative Diseases, RedOrbit, March 13th, 2008
Design Competition event:
- Brave little toaster, Nature, March 26th, 2008
- Cowardly ‘Phobot’ Steals Show at Amsterdam Robot Conference, Fox News SciTech, March 17th, 2008
- Phoboter fürchtet sich zum Sieg, Spiegel, March 18th, 2008
- The Cowardly ‘Bot‘, Popular Science, March 28th, 2008
- ‘Fearful’ Robot Receives Top Honors, Red Orbit, March 20th, 2008
The web pages proposes a series of questionnaires to measure the users’ perception of robots. This series shall be called “Godspeed” because it is intended to help creators of robots on their development journey. Below you find the English, Spanish, Dutch,Japanese, and Chinese version. Please email me your translations into other languages. The Spanish translation was contributed by Javier Ruiz-del-Solar. The Dutch and Chinese translation was contributed by Bram Vanderborght. The German translation was contributed by Mary Ellen Foster and Manuel Giuliani. The Arabic translation was contributed by Micheline Ziadee. Alexander Astaras translated the questionnaire to Greek.
A new conference in the research field of human-robot interaction has emerged. The 1st International Conference on Human-Robot Personal Relationships will take place on June 12-13, 2008 in Maastricht.
QuickTime VR is a photorealistic cross-platform virtual reality technology that makes it possible to explore places and objects as if you were really there. At the intersection of commercial photography and new media technology, QuickTime VR moves the photographic image from the flat, 2D world into a more immersive experience, complete with 3D imagery and interactive components. Below you find the summary of my QTVR projects. Many people have created tutorials, guides and overviews about QTVR. Please check out my link section for helpful addresses.
René Ahn, Loe Feijs, Saskia Bakker, Sibrecht Bouwstra, Jos Verbeek, Bram van der Vlist, Arne Wessels and Rick van de Westelaken created wonderful robots and Lego extensions.