So, Where’s My Robot?

Thoughts on Social Machine Learning

Simon@CHI

We are excited about how well Simon did at the CHI 2010 Interactive Demo session last week.  Our demo got a lot of traffic, especially during the opening event on Monday evening, and even got some coverage on PC World (who did the video below), engadget, and NPR.

This was Simon’s first venture out of the lab, so it has been interesting for forcing us to do more on-board perception, and generally putting the platform through its paces.  We were doing an interactive learning demo, using active learning, where Simon learns a “cleaning up” task.  The human teacher provides examples of what goes where.   Simon uses these examples to build a model of what goes in each location.  The teacher can also ask Simon if he has any questions, and the robot will point to or pick up an object that it is least certain about where it goes.  In addition to learning, we added perception capabilities to give Simon more ambient awareness of the environment, with an attention mechanisms that pays attention to visually salient cues as determined by the Itti saliency model, as well as faces, and loud sounds.

Simon got to interact with hundreds of people, and was particularly popular with kids of the conference attendees.

And also got to meet the designer of his head shells, Carla Diana, who finally got to see the finished product in person.

April 18th, 2010 Posted by | Conferences, GT Lab Updates, HCI, HRI | no comments

CHI 2010 Countdown

A busy day packing up the robot…

A short ride over to the Hyatt Regency…

And Simon says, “See you tomorrow at CHI 2010!!”

April 11th, 2010 Posted by | Announcements, Conferences, GT Lab Updates | one comment

Roboticist Barbie

As some may have noticed, this blog tends to go through a hiatus from time to time, for one reason or another over the years.  The hardest part of a hiatus is starting up again with that first post.  It feels like it needs to be so significant, given how much time has passed.  So, to get over this first-post-back syndrome, I’ve decided that surely the most important thing to happen in robotics and HRI since December was that Barbie’s 126th career will be Computer Engineer!   Which is pretty darn close to a roboticist…they were asking for accessory suggestions, and I put in my vote for a robot dog.

Anyhow, just in time for National Robotics Week, “So Where’s My Robot?” is back in motion.

April 8th, 2010 Posted by | Announcements, Fun | no comments