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An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Waterloo's Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Lab (SIRRL) has found that people prefer interacting with robots they perceive to have social identities like their own.

This finding was made by a pair of Waterloo professors: Dr. Moojan Ghafurian, based in the Department of Systems Design Engineering and Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who worked together to conduct new research on human interactions with social robots. These robots possess social abilities and can interact with humans in interpersonal and social manners.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Towards Adaptive Social Robots

Kerstin Dautenhahn was a speaker at the AI for Social Good Stream, part of Industry Day: Co-hosted by Waterloo AI & Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (AMC). Her talk was entitled “Towards Adaptive Social Robots: Integrating Physiological Adaptation in Human-Robot Interactions” and gave a brief introduction into social robotics followed by an overview of the HRI Physio Lib project at SIRRL.

This event is a celebration of the Engineering Excellence Fellowship and Advanced Manufacturing Fellowship recipients who began their programs in the last 5 terms. Hamza Mahdi (MASc student in SIRRL and award recipient) and Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn (his research supervisor) were invited to join in the celebration.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) interviewed Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn in their series on responsible AI on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. 

This series is part of their Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law (SRHRL) program. This event that was broadcasted (live) on AAAS facebook page was focused on intelligent toys and AI technologies aimed at children. 

Dr. Francesco Rea (Italian Institute of Technology) gave an inspiring talk on 14th June 2019 entitled "Auditory-Visual Integration for Joint Attention in Human-Robot Interaction".  He was accompanied by Austin Kothig and Lukas Grasse (University of Lethbridge) and Dr. Alexander Aroyo (IIT). The picture shows, from left to right, Lucas Grasse, Austin Kothig, Dr. Alexander Aroyo, Prof. Chrystopher Nehaniv, Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn and Dr. Francesco Rea.
Friday, May 31, 2019

RIA Curiosity Fair Award

Social and intelligent robotics research lab members attended the Research Institute for Aging (RIA) curiosity fair and won the most interactive project award! The people at RIA were very enthusiastic with Miro and Pepper. The picture shows, from left to right, Dr. Tahereh Kamali, Aishwarya Aravamuthan, Dr. Moojan Ghafurian, and a fair participant.