Meet a Humanoid Robot

Meet a Humanoid Robot

What role should humanoid robots play in our future cities and how should governments oversee them?

Around the world, robotic technologies are becoming increasingly present in urban public spaces — making deliveries, cleaning, providing security and wayfinding assistance. How do these robots impact the way our spaces feel, and how should governments oversee them?

As part of Prototype City, you are invited to meet Pepper: a human look-alike service robot. Equipped with video and sound sensors, Pepper can hear, see, identify people and objects, move around and speak. It can also perform simple tasks like pointing, providing directions, and lifting light objects.

Researchers from Monash University’s Robots in Public Space project will be on hand to show what Pepper can do and discuss the roles that humanoid robots could have in our future city spaces. You’ll have the chance to join the conversation, sharing your thoughts on robots in the city and how they might impact our community and governance.

Speakers

Shanti Sumartojo is Associate Professor of Design Research in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and a member of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University. Her research focuses on how people experience their spatial surroundings, including the built environment, design and technology.

Dr Leimin Tian is a Research Fellow in the Human-Robot Interaction group in the Faculty of Engineering and at the Human-Centred AI group in the Faculty of IT, Monash University. Her research focuses on affective computing and developing interactive robots that incorporate social intelligence.

Dr Pamela Carreno-Medrano is a Research Fellow in the Human-Robot Interaction group in the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University, working under the supervision of Prof. Dana Kulic. Her research focuses on analyzing and modeling interactive human behaviour for human-robot interaction and collaboration applications.


This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW), an annual festival that brings Melburnians together to explore and discuss, to share ideas, to challenge assumptions, and to spark new ways of thinking. Across seven days, the broad program of events, workshops and performances celebrates our City’s rich heritage and potential for innovation.