Human-Robot Interaction Conference 2016 is held at Chateau on the Park from 7-10 March and this is the first time the conference is held in Southern Hemisphere. While researchers from all around the globe have attended presenting their latest theories, technologies and researches on Human-Robot Interaction field, Eduardo Sandoval, HITLab's own PhD candidate made a exceptionally impressive presentation with his Nao robots performing haka. Eudardo in the past made a sensational video of Nao robots dancing along with the famous "Gangnam Style" song and yet again he successfully created another Nao robot demonstration.
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`A team of students from the HIT Lab introduced the next generation of scientists to our Nao robots at the Christchurch Big Science Day, on October 31st, 2015.
Kids got a chance to watch the robots perform, interact with them (the knock-knock jokes jokes were hard to hear over the noise and laughter), and they got a chance to see how the magic is done: actually programming the robots, and watching them respond. A great time was had by all.
More details about the Big Science Day here
Can people form emotional connections with robots? Come and find out for yourself at the University of Canterbury Human Interface Technology Lab’s (HITLab) showcase at the Big Science Day, this Saturday.
‘Humanoids’ Kant, Aristotle and Socrates will dish out hugs, dance Gangnam Style and even sing Happy Birthday as part of demonstrations by UC Masters’ students at the event in Cathedral Square, from 10am – 4pm.
Human Interface Technology Master’s degree student Helen Figg says the event is an exciting chance to test what the group has learned in the real world.
“We’ve been working towards this event as part of our investigation into how people interact with robots. As well as children wanting to experience an emotional connection, we have found they want to understand the robots’ personalities. The interactions we will demonstrate reflect this.”
Kant, Aristotle and Socrates are programmed with different personalities. Their actions are directed through computer software. Students have coded instructions for dancing, hugging, singing, walking around obstacles, performing knock-knock jokes, arm wrestling and answering general knowledge questions for this project.
The student group, made up of Helen Figg, Omprakash Rudhru, Qi Min Ser, Sakthi Priya Balaji Ranganathan and Sathya Kumar Barathan, have completed two test demonstrations in preparation for Saturday’s event. They first took the robots to meet children from Cubs (part of Scouts), before refining their interactions and conducting further testing with Burnside Primary School students.
“The most popular interactions so far with the children have been the dancing and the knock-knock jokes. It’s about that one-to-one interaction,” Figg says.
UC’s Colleges of Engineering and Science will also have a rocket, a drone, an electric go-kart and the Formula SAE race car on show at the Big Science Day. An interactive chemistry show will take place on the main stage, in association with UC students from ChemSoc.
For further information contact:
Margaret Agnew, UC Senior External Relations Advisor
p 027 503 0168 or (03) 364 2775
Work in the HIT Lab over the summer! We're looking for a few graduate students to take up UC Summer Scholarships to work on projects in the lab.
A UC Summer Research Scholarship provides the opportunity for a student to work on a supervised research project for 400 hours (approximately 10 weeks) over the summer period (November 2015 – February 2016), to complete a short research skills programme (November/December 2015) and to give a presentation at the Summer Research Scholarship Feedback Day (February 2016).
We're looking for interested students with the necessary skills to work with our research staff on:
Spend summer doing something cool and learning new skills in the HIT Lab!
Find out more about the summer program here.