Radio NZ Interview on LEGO violence

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Press, Research | 0 comments

Wallace Chapman interviewed me about our study “Have LEGO products become more violent?” on Radio New Zealand. Wallace certainly did his research since he also discovered my LEGO Unikitty. You can listen to the broadcast right here:

In the meantime, Huw Millington over at Brickset reported on his website about the study, which sparked a vivid discussion. One of the main discussion points seem again the question whether the increased violence in toys also make children more violent. We explicitly excluded this question from out study, but it seems that this is one of the main question that is on everybody’s mind. I also noticed that many blame the increase of violence in LEGO to licensed themes, such as Star Wars.

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HRI2016 Conference in Christchurch

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Press, Research | 0 comments

Last week the HRI2016 conference took place right here in Christchurch. The program was a full success and I hope that everybody enjoyed New Zealand. We also had a bit of media coverage:


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Governor General visits the HIT Lab NZ

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Event, Featured, Press, Research | 0 comments

Governor General visits the HIT Lab NZ

The Govenor General, Jerry Mateparae, visited the HIT Lab NZ on March 9th, 2016. We presented our main research areas to him, including Human-Robot Interaction. Jerry Mateparae seemed to enjoy the performance of our robots, but his Aides-de-Camp looked, well, I am not sure how to read his face.

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Interview on Radio Live with Mark Sainsbury

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Press, Research | 0 comments

Just finished a radio interview with Mark Sainsbury on Radio Live. They run full hour program on robots and our society.

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Prime News and New Zealand Herald report on our LEGO Robot

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in LEGO, Press, Research | 0 comments

Today Prime News, a national New Zealand TV show, reported on our LEGO Fireman Robot. The New Zealand Herald also covered the story in more depth.


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Radio New Zealand reports on robot project with Osaka University

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Press | 0 comments

Shogo Nishiguchi from Osaka University worked on the further development of our TRE (The Robot Engine). Radio New Zealand interviewed me today about this project. Listen and enjoy. They also posted an article on their website.

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