ECSE Seminar by Professor Gentiane Venture

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19th Mar 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm
Collaboration Lounge - 20 Research Way (New Horizons), Clayton campus

Creating engaging Human-Robot Interaction in the wild, towards the design of expressive movements


If it is now well heard that robots will come in contact with humans and share their work ing and living environment, Human-Robot Interaction studies show that the readiness of the systems is far from reaching expectations. To compensate for the actual robots limitations many tricks are being used: very controlled in lab experiments, Wizard of Oz manipulations, and scenarized interactions. If these studies present some interest in controlling some very specific parameters they fail in providing an holistic study of human and robot interactions. HRI in the wild, which happen in ecological environment with unscripted scenarios, on the other hand can provide a (too) rich data set of interaction and are important to conduct. Because programming such interaction is ultimately time consuming and requires multiple expertise it is often left behind. In this presentation, I will present our new tools to create HRI in the wild and some of our applications in kinder garden and in private houses. I will also introduce some of our newest results of HRI using expressive movements. Finally I will conclude with perspectives on the future of HRI and some robot design perspectives.


Gentiane Venture is a French Roboticist who has been working in academia in Tokyo, Japan for more than 14 years. She is a distinguished professor with the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and a cross appointed fellow with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology . After graduating from Ecole Centrale de Nantes and obtaining a PhD from University of Nantes in 2000 and 2003 respectively, she worked for one year at the French Nuclear Agency and then for 6 years at the University of Tokyo. She started in 2009 with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology where she has established an international research group working on human science and robotics. The researchers of her group try to encompass human motion dynamics and non-verbal communication into complex intelligent robot behavior design to achieve personalized human machine interaction. The work of her group is highly interdisciplinary by collaborating with therapists, sociologists, psychologists, physiologists, philosophers, neuroscientists, ergonomists, biomechanists, and designers.

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Maria Mihalakopoulos