PhD defense of Omar Mubin (video)

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Project | 0 comments

Omar did a great job in his PhD defense that took place on June 1st, 2011 in Eindhoven. Here is the video:

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Posted by on Dec 6, 2010 in Project, Research | 0 comments

The HIT Lab NZ is participating in the EURASIAPAC Project, funded through the European FP7 framework. Please consider contributing to our research effort by filling in our online questionnaire. We are interested in your experiences and expectations concerning European – Asian collaboration.

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Open PhD Position at HIT Lab NZ and OPI

Posted by on Oct 13, 2010 in Project | 0 comments

The HIT Lab NZ at the Canterbury University (Christchurch, New Zealand) in collaboration with the Institute of Information Processing (Warsaw) has the following vacancy for a PhD student:

Performance Indicators and Visualizations for Polish Science

Project Description

In many countries, quantifiable indicators are being used to assess the success of scientific organizations and individuals. The discussion and implementation of scientific indicators is only starting in Poland, which gives an opportunity to develop a modern system for the assessment of scientific organizations and individuals.

This system should go far beyond the counting of publications and should balance qualitative with quantitative indicators. Such a system should be easy to use and openly available, so that the wide public can make up its own mind about the quality of organizations, individuals and the topics that are being investigated. This approach will help to democratize and objectify discussions that may lead to the future funding policies.

The Institute of Information Processing (OPI) in Warsaw is officially keeping the record of the results of the completed research and R&D projects and will provide access to their databases. The goal of this PhD project is to develop a user-friendly software tool that allows researchers and policy makers to reliably assess the scientific performance of individuals, projects and organizations.

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LEGO NXT boxes arrived

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Project | 1 comment

LEGO is sponsoring our ROILA project and today 20 Mindstorms NXT boxes and one cubic meter of LEGO Technic arrived (estimated value of 7000 EUR). I am not sure how I can keep our PhD students away from playing LEGO all day. :-)

LEGO NXT and Technic

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ROILA website started

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in Project | 0 comments

We are happy to announce that the Robot Interaction Language (ROILA) website is now available at

Robot Interaction Language (ROILA)

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Mysterious Machines

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in Design, Project | 0 comments

Alan Turing proposed a test for the intelligence of machines in 1950. Despite great efforts, not computer has passed this test so far. Each year, chat bots compete for the Loebner Prize, the first formal instantiation of a Turing Test. No contender was able to fool the jury yet. Major problems of the chat bots are the lack of common knowledge and the logical consistency of a dialogue.

We explore a new approach to chat bots by focusing on non-logical conversation topics: mysticism. The founding books of the major religions are widely acknowledged examples of mystical topics. We selected the New Testament, the Koran and Rigveda as the knowledge base for our conversational robots.

The robots are able to autonomously talk to each other and to humans about their religious believe. Each robot represents a belief, but we do not reveal their convictions. This ambiguity forces observers to follow the actual conversations instead of quickly applying stereotypes.

We hope that the peaceful conversation amongst the robots inspires an open dialogue amongst the religions. By focusing on a discussion of the original texts, we hope to emphasize our shared believes.

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