Humanoids in Architecture and Urban Spaces

Presentation: Breaking the wall of social robots as actors & networks

Robots will become as ubiquitous as computers and smartphones and thereby profoundly transform many aspects of our daily lives. As the psychologist Sherry Turkle frames it, we have reached the “robotic moment”, the moment where we are ready to delegate important interactions of human relationships to robots. That means,  we let social robots be the teaching companions for the young and the caretakers for the old. But it is not so much a question of building robots sophisticated enough for our company but whether we are ready for their company.

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Robotic fitness teacher for children with Lego Mindstorms

This report summarizes a group project work for the course “Basics in Human-Robot Interaction ” by Martin Hammerschmid, Maximilian Lehr, Benjamin Stangl, Constantin Walcher  in the winter semester 2014/2015. It describes our motivation to build the robot, outlines the methodology for the proposed user study, gives an overview of the robots hardware and software, and concludes with the results from a formative evaluation with test users.

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Western and eastern perspective on robots

Cultural differences and cross-cultural aspects are frequently addressed in HRI research, both as an explanation for interpreting study results [1] as well as an object of the study itself [2]. Studies in HRI suggest that many principles of cross-cultural behavior can be transferred from human-human to human-robot interaction, such that people’s interpretations, attitudes, and behavior towards robots follows cultural norms and expectations [3].
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Anthropomorphism of robots

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human form or other characteristics to anything other than a human being. Humans tend to anthropomorphize not only nature, but basically anything around them [1]. This also applies to technological objects and machines, such as cars, Continue reading “Anthropomorphism of robots”

Why robots are different from other technologies?

On the one side, interacting with a social robot is seen as fundamentally different from interacting with other technical devices, such as a PC or a coffee brewer. On the other side, interactions with robots can also not be treated the same way as interacting with other people. Although the challenge of building autonomous robots that interact with people may share some issues with the design of Continue reading “Why robots are different from other technologies?”

What is a social robot?

The terminology to describe so called social robots is not consistent across literature but depends on the particular research emphasis. Robots are often described as “socially evocative“, “socially situated“, “sociable”, “socially intelligent“ or “socially interactive“. Since the beginning of HRI studies up to today, researcher argue that social features of robots are Continue reading “What is a social robot?”

Selfie with Romeo


Pictures serve as a memory of situations and experiences that people make. This project places a smartphone in the hands of the humanoid robot Romeo and transfers the act of taking a picture to a robot. The robot is no longer Continue reading “Selfie with Romeo”

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