Our lab has just sent four members to Bielefeld, Germany for the 2014 Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2014) conference! Good luck to Allison Sauppé, Sean Andrist, Chien-Ming Huang, and Dan Szafir!

Allie’s paper explores deictic gestures (i.e. pointing and presenting) and their effectiveness in a robot’s ability to communicate and instruct through motion.

Sean’s paper focuses on a different aspect in robot communication, assessing a system that controls the pattern and timing of gaze aversion for robots in order to appear more natural and engaging. When timed properly, averting gaze can make a robot seem much more natural and can even mimic “thinking” before responding to an inquiry.

The third paper was led by Chien-Ming and both proposes and evaluates a learning-based model for human-like robot behavior. His study was the first using the dynamic Bayesian network (DBN), a more complex graphical model that represents human interaction.

Dan’s paper looks as assistive free-flyers (AFFs), or remotely controlled drones that are commonly used by NASA. His study evaluates flight patters that better convey intent with more natural motion.

A special congratulations goes to Sean and Dan for being accepted into the HRI pioneers program (HRI Pioneers). Great job everyone!

Sauppé, A., & Mutlu, B. Robot Deictics. Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE Human-Robot interaction Conference (HRI 2014). March 2014. Bielefeld, Germany.

Andrist, S., Pejsa, T., Mutlu, B., and Gleicher, M. (2014). Conversational Gaze Aversion for Humanlike Robots. Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE Human-Robot interaction Conference (HRI 2014). March 2014. Bielefeld, Germany.

C.-M. Huang and B. Mutlu. Learning-Based Modeling of Multimodal Behaviors for Humanlike Robots. Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2014). March 2014. Bielefeld, Germany.

D. Szafir, B. Mutlu, and T. Fong (2014). Communication of Intent in Assistive Free Flyers In Proceedings of the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2014), Bielefeld, Germany.