The Friendly Face of Robots

Robotics poses a number of formidable challenges, one of which is
interacting with people using the same interaction channels used by
people when communicating with each other. Building such ?social
robots?, which can interpret and produce the full gamut of human
communication, is at the moment nigh impossible. Luckily, robotics
researchers are helped by a surprising willingness of people to treat
technology as if it is human, making the building of social robots just a
little more achievable. I will show how our research group and teams
around the world are working towards robots that are social, how these
robots tap into our primitive social brain and how they can be deployed
to do provide support in health care, therapeutic settings and
education. Speaker: Professor Tony Belpaeme (Plymouth University, UK)

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