We build robots that are useful, friendly and fun! We believe that robots can help us automate simple, repetitive tasks while bringing joy to our lives.
We work on 3 main areas:
- Building robots that are useful and interact naturally and seamlessly with humans.
- Developing smart AI software to help robots understand what humans do, think, feel and mean.
- Creating new AI algorithms and implementing models of the human mind based on neuroscience, psychology and developmental science.
We use the following techniques and approaches for our research and development.
- Multimodal signal processing (computer vision, sound and speech processing, tactile, laser, sonar, infrared, accelerometer/gyroscope)
- Machine learning
- Affective computing
- Developmental robotics
- In-the-wild data collection and testing
- User experience studies for human-robot interaction (HRI)
- Cognitive and behavioural modeling
- Artist-in-the-loop paradigms, with inspiration from films, games and music
Some of the questions we're trying to uncover include:
- Could a robot understand all the different meanings of a smile?
- How does AI in a robot body differ from non-embodied AI?
- How does context influence what humans and robots can perceive?
- What are the cultural similarities and differences in emotions and interactions? How are they learned?
- How does expression and understanding of emotions change human-robot interaction?
- How does interacting with a robot differ from interacting with a smartphone, PC or human?
- What would happen with a robot with a very long-term memory?
- And more...
ROSIE stands for Robots with Social Intelligence and Empathy. We are inspired by Rosie, a helper robot from the Jetsons TV show who assisted in daily tasks as well as kept up people's spirits with her sassy personality.