Social robots interact and communicate with humans by following certain social rules, e.g. by using means of communication also used in human-human interaction (such as speech, gesture and emotion), following socially established conventions. The field of social robotics represents a highly interdisciplinary research area, bringing together a diverse range of scientists from engineering, computer science, psychology, cognitive science, design and many more.
The seminar will discuss various approaches to social robotics and will specially focus on human-robot-interaction as an emerging sub-field. Our discussions will be based on several recently published papers which will be presented by the seminar participants. Besides our motivation to discover the essence of social robotics, other topics covered will include the influence of robot design, investigating how social robots interact with humans, robots and emotion, perception and evaluation of social robot behaviour.
The seminar will be held in English.
Seminar participants should be willing to read scientific papers in English, to present the content of one paper in a seminar session once, and to discuss the papers with the other participants.
Participants will receive 2 LP / CP for regular participation and the presentation of a scientific paper in one of the sessions.
Date of Session Topic Presenter 14.10.2010 Introduction Maha Salem 28.10.2010 Social Robotics - Overview Maha Salem 11.11.2010 Attitude towards / societal view of robots - Influence of media Maha Salem 25.11.2010 Appearance & Design of Social Robots / Anthropomorphism & Uncanny Valley Anna Wördehoff 09.12.2010 Relationship between Appearance & Tasks / Behavior / Functionality Ricarda Grünberg 16.12.2010 Social Behaviour of Robots (I) - Expressive Behaviours (e.g. gesture, speech...) Jonas Hartmann 13.01.2011 Social Behaviour of Robots (II) - Emotions Sara Hiller 20.01.2011 Perception of Robotic Behaviour Dan Li 03.02.2011 Evaluation of Human-Robot Interaction (criteria etc.) Maha Salem