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AAAI Fall Symposium: Patrícia Alves-Oliveira on human-robot interplay design

AAAI Fall Symposium: Patrícia Alves-Oliveira on human-robot interplay design


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The AAAI Fall Symposium Collection happened in Arlington, USA, and comprised seven totally different symposia. Considered one of these, the tenth Synthetic Intelligence for Human-Robotic Interplay (AI-HRI) symposium was run as a hybrid in-person/on-line occasion, and we tuned in to the opening keynote, which was given by Patrícia Alves-Oliveira.

As a psychology pupil, Patrícia’s dream was to turn into a therapist. Nonetheless, an internship, the place she encountered a robotic for the primary time, impressed her to vary her plans, and he or she determined to enter the sphere of human-robot interplay. Following a PhD within the area, she labored as a postdoc, earlier than heading to business as a designer within the Amazon Astro robotic group.

Patrícia has labored on numerous fascinating initiatives throughout her time in academia and in business. Fascinated by methods to design robots for particular person wants, and holding the person on the forefront in the course of the design course of, has been core to her work. She started by summarising three very totally different tutorial initiatives.

Creativity and robotics

The target of this undertaking was to design, fabricate, and consider robots as creativity-provoking instruments for teenagers. Patrícia created a social robotic named YOLO (or Your Personal Dwelling Object) that she designed to be child-proof (in different phrases, it might stand up to being dropped and knocked over), with the goal of making an attempt to assist youngsters discover their creativity throughout play. A machine studying algorithm learns the sample of play that the kid has and adapts the robotic behaviour accordingly. You possibly can see the robotic in motion within the demo under:

FLEXI robotic

As a postdoc undertaking, Patrícia labored on constructing FLEXI, a social robotic embodiment equipment. This equipment consists of a robotic (with a face, and a torso with a display on the entrance), which could be customised, and an open-source end-user programming interface designed to be user-friendly. The customisation component implies that it may be used for a lot of functions. The group has deployed FLEXI throughout three software eventualities: community-support, psychological well being, and schooling, with the goal of assessing the flexibleness of the system. You possibly can see the robotic in motion, in numerous eventualities, right here.

Social eating

This undertaking centred on a robotic arm for individuals with impaired mobility. Such techniques exist already for aiding individuals with duties corresponding to consuming. Nonetheless, in a social context they will typically kind a barrier between the person and the remainder of the group. The thought behind this undertaking was to contemplate how such a robotic could possibly be tailored to work nicely in a social context, for instance, throughout a meal with household or associates. The group interviewed individuals with impaired mobility to evaluate their wants, and got here up with a set of design rules for creating robot-assisted feeding techniques and an implementation information for future analysis on this space. You possibly can learn the analysis paper on this undertaking right here.

You’ll find out extra about these three initiatives, and the opposite initiatives that Patrícia has been concerned in, right here.

Astro robotic

Patrícia has lengthy been fascinated about robots for the true world, and the way this real-world expertise is aligned with the research of robots in academia and business. She determined to depart academia and be a part of the Astro robotic programme, which she felt was an awesome alternative to work on a large-scale real-world robotic undertaking.

The Astro robotic is a house robotic designed to help with duties corresponding to monitoring your own home, delivering small objects inside the residence, recognising your pet, telling a narrative, or taking part in video games.

Patrícia took us by way of a typical day within the lifetime of a designer the place she all the time has in thoughts the larger image of what the group is aiming for, in different phrases, what the best robotic, and its interactions with people, would appear like. Coupled to that, the method is ruled by core design tenets, such because the buyer wants, and non-negotiable core parts that the robotic ought to embrace. When contemplating a selected component of the robotic design, for instance, the supply of an merchandise within the robotic tray, Patrícia makes use of storyboards to map out particulars of potential human-robot interactions. An vital facet of design issues edge instances, which happen frequently in the true world. Good design will think about potential edge instances and incorporate methods to cope with them.

Patrícia closed by emphasising the significance of teamwork within the design course of, specifically, the necessity for interdisciplinary groups; by contemplating design from many various factors of view, the prospect of innovation is increased.

You’ll find out extra in regards to the Synthetic Intelligence for Human-Robotic Interplay (AI-HRI) symposium right here.

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