Category Archives: Social Robotics

CHRIS movie about robots cooperating with humans

A European Social Robotics project called CHRIS (Cooperative Human Robot Interaction Systems FP7 215805) has received its final review last april. They have also created a very nice video that summarizes their work: As the video shows, the work is … Continue reading

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Robot Size Matters

Size. With robots, does size matter? One might say size matters little if it works well and performs the job it was designed to do. From an engineering perspective one might even add ‘the smaller the better’ or ‘the cheaper … Continue reading

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Science Update: How Do People Respond to Being Touched by a Robot?

A very interesting, ‘social robotics’ study recently gave us all some nice resultats. Apparently people do not always appreciate being touched by a robot. Somewhat surprisingly the results from one of the experiments showed that it matters why the robot … Continue reading

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ICSR 2011, the 2nd International Conference on Social Robotics

De second International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2011, will be held in Amsterdam on November 24-25. The Call for Papers is out (the CFP page, and here the Full CFP Details). De tijdslijn is als volgt: Paper submission: June … Continue reading

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Kaspar, a news update about a robot for autistic children

A nice story was in the news today (Washington Examiner): Kaspar the friendly robot helps autistic kids. Ben Robins, a researcher who has already done a lot of work studying how robots might benefit children with autism, is quoted as … Continue reading

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PopSci article about robots and autism

There is a very interesting featured article on PopSci called The New Face of Autism Therapy. It highlights the use of a robot called Bandit that has been ‘designed to engage children with autism’. The reader comments are also interesting … Continue reading

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We asked the robot in the street his opinion…

As you can see, Robots that Care strikes a sympathetic chord with the robot in the street

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Marcel Heerink, PhD – Assessing acceptance of assistive social robots by aging adults

Today, November 3, 2010, the Netherland can boast another robotics PhD: dr. Marcel Heerink. At the UvA he defended his thesis ‘Assessing acceptance of assistive social robots by aging adults’. In the opposition, grilling him with questions, there were interesting … Continue reading

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Paro live in action with a sweet old lady

An elderly lady, a very sweet lady with dementia, and here daughter gave permission to film how she interacts with Paro and how it benefits her. It was a very nice and interesting morning for us and for the elderly … Continue reading

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Social Robotics, a field of scientific study?

Is it possible to give a good definition of social robotics? Is it a field of scientific study or is it only a catch phrase for exciting robot stuff? If it is a field of study, can we identify what … Continue reading

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