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First Impressions in Human-Agents Encounters – Presentation from IIIM’s and CADIA’s Open Day

Angelo Cafaro.

First impressions are important and decided quickly. In just a dozen seconds of interaction, people can decide several things about the person who they are interacting with. PhD student Angelo Cafaro decided to apply this idea to an experiment involving Human–Agents encounters. Borrowing from the field of social psychology, Mr. Cafaro investigated the importance of non-verbal cues in encounters between humans and non-human agents. Smile and eye-contact, two of the variables tested, proved to be just as important in human-agent interactions as in human-human interactions.  Continue reading First Impressions in Human-Agents Encounters – Presentation from IIIM’s and CADIA’s Open Day

Ambient Assisted Living-Presentation from IIIM and CADIA’s Open Day

Dr. Hannes H. Vilhjálmsson.

Dr. Hannes H. Vilhjálmsson introduced the Ambient Assisted Living project which is aimed at solving some of the challenges presented by the world’s aging population. Dr. Vilhjálmsson envisions a complex system that would allow older populations to remain in their homes and independent for as long as possible. The system would receive streams of information to determine if someone is cooking, resting, or in distress so that it could solve real world problems by responding appropriately.  Continue reading Ambient Assisted Living-Presentation from IIIM and CADIA’s Open Day

Interview with IIIM Director on Robots Podcast – Part 2

Previously we posted an interview with Kristinn R. Thórisson, Director of IIIM, on the famed Robots Podcast show. Here is another invited interview on Robots Podcasts’ 50th episode anniversary special. Several interesting members of the AI community are included in this episode, as noted on the Robots Podcast website:

In today’s episode we speak with Jean-Christophe Zufferey on flying robots, Dan Kara on the robotics market, Kristinn Thórisson on AI, Andrea Thomaz on human robot interactions, Terry Fong on space robotics and Richard Jones on nano robots.

If you’d like to fast forward to Thorisson’s interview, it begins at about 29:30 into the show.