It can be hard to come up with questions to ask the social robot
, so the team included cards with inquiries he can respond to.
It's possible that people will mindlessly slip into treating social robots
as thinking entities for brief periods while still thinking of them as inanimate objects.
Diversity was also represented in the keynotes: Andra Keay (director, Silicon Valley Robotics) discussed the commercialization potential of socially intelligent robots; Doug Dooley (freelance animator) presented a series of animation principles to help bring social robots
to life; and Nate Koenig (CTO, Open Source Robotics Foundation) overviewed two popular open-source robotics software tools--Robot Operating System (ROS) and the Gazebo three-dimensional simulation environment --and the potential for social robots
in the ROS ecosystem.
With further progress in robotics sparked by technological improvements in silicon chips, sensors and computation, physical social robots
such as Nadine are poised to become more visible in offices and homes in future.
In a 2014 paper, the Brown University psychologist Bertram Malle and Matthias Scheutz, director of the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory at Tufts University, defined social robots
as "any robots that collaborate with, look after, or help humans.
Nexi is a humanoid social robot
that afforded the team an important benefit - they could control all its movements perfectly.
, in general, have very limited interaction capabilities, many of which are not very engaging, while the price for a social robot
still remains rather high.
That's because he's a social robot
, not an academic type.
One of its research projects, for example, is an empathic social robot
, based on the iCat platform, that plays chess with kids.
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have unveiled a new, lifelike social robot
named Nadine, (http://www.
To realise this ambition L2TOR needs to address both technical aspects -such as multimodal interaction, human-robot interaction management and social signal processing-, pedagogical aspects -such as exploring the pedagogy of social robots
and the use of social robot
to assist in language tutoring- and developmental psychology aspects -such as understanding how children learn a first and second language from others and how this can be transposed to learning from robots.
This project tests their theories by having humans interact with the social robot
, Nexi, in an attempt to judge her trustworthiness.
A social robot
complete with a personality developed by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may be the future of healthcare services.
At present, the android can mimic only simple movements, such as exchanging greetings and signing in Japanese, but Toshiba will integrate its wide-ranging technologies in areas including sensing, speech synthesis, speech recognition and robotic control to realize a more sophisticated social robot
The Academic Autonomy group from Swarthmore College demonstrated a social robot
, based on an iRobot Magellan base, shown in figure 7, with an emotional model that controlled the characteristics of its physical actions.