In analogy to living creatures in nature, two robots will live in a constrained environment, which forces them to compete for resources. The robots will have certain attributes and behaviors, which will evolve through an adaptive system. This will lead to the development of different strategies for survival. Observers will be able to understand the situation and its dynamics by observing and listening to the emotional expressions of the robots. Continue reading “Emotional Adaptive Robots”
Robots will play an important role in society. We need to ensure that robots are socially compatible with us in order for society to accept them. Research into the social aspects of human-robot interaction will enable engineers to constructs robots that successfully integrate into our everyday lives. This page summarizes my activities in the field of social robotics.
You may also want to have a look at the International Journal of Social Robotics and the Entertainment Robotics Section of the Entertainment Computing Journal. We are actively involved in these journals and are welcoming contributions.
My research focuses on the social interaction between humans and robots. Therefore my work is closer to the field of artificial intelligence and psychology than electrical or mechanical engineering. You can contribute to the discussion about social robots at the Wikipedia. The following PhD students are or have been associated to this project:
Major projects are:
- Development of reciprocity model for human-robot interaction
- Understanding Anthropomorphism and Animacy In The Interaction Between Users and Robots
- Robot Interaction Language (ROILA) – An artificial language optimized for easy learning and perfect speech recognition
- RoboDB – A semantic database of robots
- Lego Beyond Toys (master course)
- eMuu (2002), An emotional robot that interacted with humans
- Tony (2003), A robot as an distributed inteface for time based media
- Emotional Adaptive Robots (2000), Two robotic creatures that competed in an environment for resources
Cooperation and teamwork with leading robotic institutes and researchers are essential for the success of robotic projects. Please contact me if you would be interested in a cooperation.
On this large scale project I was in charge of the Icons, the LEGO Gallery and the Catalog Overview. Further more I created Flash animations of building tips. Screenshots of that time (click to enlarge):
The region chooser of the catalog
The catalog overview
An item of the catalog
The Technic homepage
The embeded Flash animation
This CD-Rom contains computer animated building instruction for the Miami Beach Patrol Model. The instructions are divided into steps. A movie shows the process and an element list the needed bricks for each step. The user controls the action from a panel. Here are some example QuickTime movies (320×240 pixels), click on the thumbnail pictures to play.
|The Car in the wireframe view (click to enlarge)
|Animations (click to play)
The steering construction
A wild camera transition
Sub component assembly
The steering wheel
|Other interesting pictures (click to enlarge)