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RO-MAN 2009 Richard Kelley What is RO-MAN? The full name is “The International Symposium on Robot-Human Interactive Communication.” A human-robot interaction (HRI) conference. This was the 18 th (a surprisingly old HRI conference).

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ro man 2009

RO-MAN 2009

Richard Kelley

what is ro man
What is RO-MAN?
  • The full name is “The International Symposium on Robot-Human Interactive Communication.”
  • A human-robot interaction (HRI) conference.
  • This was the 18th (a surprisingly old HRI conference).
    • HRI as an organized discipline is younger than everyone in this room.
what was i doing there
What was I doing there?
  • Talking about “Philosophical HRI”
    • More on what that means in a bit.
  • Specifically, presenting a paper on legal issues in HRI:
    • Schaerer, E.; Kelley, R. and Nicolescu, M., “Robots as Animals: A Framework for Liability and Responsibility in Human-Robot Interactions,”
what does this have to do with hci
What does this have to do with HCI?
  • HRI is (in many, but not all ways) a subset of HCI.
    • Since robots are “just” computers that can sense and move.
  • Many of the ideas, methods, and results in HRI can be applied to HCI.
but wait what is hri
But wait, what is HRI…?
  • Not just interfaces for teleoperating robots
    • But that’s a part of it…
  • Three main themes
    • Technical HRI
    • Social HRI
    • Philosophical HRI
technical hri
Technical HRI
  • Making robots that interact with people.
  • Heavy on the engineering, mathematics.
  • Example project:
    • Design a vision- and laser-based system that can observe humans and predict their intentions.
    • This was my master’s thesis.
social hri
Social HRI
  • Studies how people actually interact with robots
  • Uses the methods of social science
    • User studies, ethnography, controlled experiments, observational studies, etc.
  • Example of an interesting social HRI question
    • “Does a robot’s use of humor have any impact on humans’ perception of the robot?”
    • This is a current project.
philosophical hri
Philosophical HRI
  • The promise of autonomous robots represents great potential, but also requires that we rethink much of our current social organization
  • Philosophical HRI is all about thinking (philosophically) about how individuals and society should interact with robots.
  • Areas: social organization, economics, ethics.
and the stuff i talked about
And the stuff I talked about
  • The problem
    • When a robot and a human get into an accident, who gets sued?
  • The Solution
    • Robots as Animals
    • Joint works with E. Schaerer (Yale, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals)
robots as animals
Robots as Animals
  • Hybrid liability regime
    • Strict products liability for manufacturers
    • Negligence for owners
      • But victim negligence can mitigate owner liability
  • Examples
    • Lawnmower
    • Car
    • Service robot
other neat talks
Other neat talks…
  • Plenary Talks
  • Other cool stuff from interesting people
plenary talk 1
Plenary Talk 1
  • Edgar Koener
    • Head of Honda Research Institute – Europe
    • Biocyberneticist
  • “Learning visually guided autonomous interaction”
  • Highlight: Robot that can learn to recognize 150 objects under arbitrary rotation and occlusion.
  • Video available – search for Edgar Koener the brain-like vision.
    • It’s an hour though…
plenary talk 2
Plenary Talk 2
  • Henrik Lund
    • Professor, Technical University of Copenhagen
  • “Motivating Human Interaction with Playful Modular Technology”
  • Highlight: Playware blocks!
plenary 3
Plenary 3
  • I missed… 
  • It was about robot temporal models.
    • This is going to be a huge area of Technical HRI though…
other cool stuff
Other Cool Stuff
  • Paro
    • First the video
    • Actually only kinda cool (a bit disruptive after a while)…
  • Ubiquitous Display
    • Video
  • Shopping Support Robots
    • Video
  • Nao
    • Nao Tribute to Michael Jackson
    • At RO-MAN, Nao just did Thriller and Star Wars