The research in Social Robotics has a common theme of Interaction Quality, which is a concept for characterization of how a specific mode of interaction is fit for a given task, situation, and user. Interaction Quality often changes, for instance if an older adult gets tired and loses focus when interacting with a robot. Interaction Quality also depends on the robot’s functionality and design. By slowing down the speed of the robot, Interaction Quality can be maintained. In general, Interaction Quality is a complex interplay between several performance measures and design parameters.
In SOCRATES we address these issues from a range of perspectives in five research workpackages (more information can be found in the RESEARCH menu above):
- Emotion: novel multi-modal methods to perceive human emotions from facial expressions, body motion, auditory and language cues
- Intention: new techniques to infer human goals and intention from natural language and video analysis
- Adaptivity: techniques to adapt a robot’s behaviour to user needs
- Design: Novel design methods for hardware, interfaces, and safety
- Acceptance: Procedures for evaluation of user acceptance
Additional value and impact is generated by the unique multidisciplinary collaboration between academic disciplines that normally do not work together; computer science, cognitive science, biomechanics, ethics, social psychology, and social science. Inter-sectoral collaboration between academia, caregivers, business developers, and robot manufacturers will further strengthen novelty and impact by ensuring that relevant needs are addressed, and that research result are both economically and technically feasible.
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Ben Gurion University in Israel has an open 12-18 months Ph.D. student research position in Older Adults’ Interaction with Robots. Click for more info.
Our Hamburg partner and all ESRs organised our own conference SSR-2018 in Madrid 29-30 Sep 2018. Everything went smooth and the ESRs from SOCRATES and SECURE (who also took part of the organisation) got an opportunity to meet and exchange research and also other matters. On April 1, SOCRATES had its Mid-term Meeting with representatives from REA, the Research Read more about Madrid meeting[…]
The 2nd SOCRATES PROJECT WORKSHOP took place on the 30th April until 04th May 2017. It was organised by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Beer-Sheba, Israel. Here’s the SOCRATES BGU Workshop Program And here’s a list of all Socrates Israel Workshop Attendees
The 1st SOCRATES PROJECT WORKSHOP will take plan on October 18-20, 2017. It is organized by Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC in Barcelona, Spain. Here’s the program. and here is more information about the activities: And here’s a call_for_external_researchers to the public parts of the workshop.
Meeting in Brussels with representatives from all other ETNs, with EC commissioners and with our happy (M2) Project Officer (PO) Mercedes Leguey Jiménez.
The project had its official kick-off at Umeå University, November 14-15 2016. A major topic for discussion was the ongoing recruitment of ESRs, i.e. our PhD students to be!
Recruitment of 15 PhD students! Print it and put it up! SOCRATES RECRUITMENT POSTER
We are looking for 15 PhD students! More about it HERE!