BabyRobot was presented by partner Athena RC in the occasion of the “Paneuropean Researcher’s Night 2018”. The objective of these events is to provide information about current research programs and achievements to students, researchers, the industry and the general public. The event was hosted this year by the Democritus Research Center (Athens, Greece).
The BabyRobot project had an exhibition booth at the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS’2018), which took place in Madrid, Spain, October, 1-5, 2018.
A team of researchers from BabyRobot partners ICCS (Georgia Chalvatzaki), Athena RC (Jack Hadfield) and Blue Ocean Robotics (Franziska Kirstein, Mamoun Gharbi, Diana Trifon) participated in the conference and demonstrated project results to a large number of conference attendees and visitors.
This year’s 2018 IROS conference was the largest robotics event in the history, congregating over 3500 attendees, with more than 1200 speakers from 60 countries, and with a robotics fair that hosted over 150 exhibitors.
BabyRobot was presented by partner ICCS in the occasion of “Paneuropean Researcher’s Night 2018. The objective of these events is to provide information about current research programs and achievements to students, researchers, the industry and the general public.
BabyRobot partner ICCS received a paper award (Nanjing City Prize) at the 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN’2018), for the late-breaking research paper: “A framework for robot learning during child-robot interaction with human engagement as reward signal,” Authors: M. Khamassi, G. Chalvatzaki, T. Tsitsimis, G. Velentzas and C. Tzafestas
This paper relates to on-going research, conducted in the frames of the BabyRobot project, which aims at exploring the application of new adaptive reinforcement robot learning schemes in scenarios that involve social interaction of robots with children facing autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) conditions.
BabyRobot partner ICCS (Dr. Mehdi Khamassi) was a co-organizer of the 3rd Workshop on Behavior Adaptation, Interaction and Learning for Assistive Robotics (BAILAR 2018), which took place at the 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN’2018, http://ro-man2018.org/), Nanjing, China.
During this workshop, Dr. Ben Robins (from BabyRobot partner UH) gave a keynote talk on the topic: “Robots as a therapeutic tool: encouraging communication and social interaction skills in children with autism”.
Two papers from partners ICCS and UH have also been presented, with recent results from studies that have been conducted in the frames of the BabyRobot project:
“An extended framework for robot learning during child-robot interaction with human engagement as reward signal”, authors: Mehdi Khamassi, Georgia Chalvatzaki, Theodoris Tsitsimis, George Velentzas and Costas Tzafestas
“A Novel Paradigm for Typically Developing and Autistic Children as Teachers to the Kaspar Robot Learner”, authors: Abofazl Zaraki, Mehdi Khamassi, Luke Wood, Gabriella Lakatos, Costas Tzafestas, Ben Robins and Kerstin Dautenhahn
To celebrate UK Robotics Week 2018 (25-29 June 2018) researchers from the BabyRobot partner UH (University of Hertfordshire’s Adaptive Systems Research Group) went to a local primary school to give pupils the chance to experiment first-hand with a number of innovative robots.
The University of Hertfordshire’s Robotics Crash Course, was designed to inspire children about the possibilities of a career in Computer Science and Robotics. The course covers all aspects of robotics, from how robots are designed (CAD design) and created (including 3D printing) to how they are programmed and the reasons for developing robots that have Artificial Intelligence.
Robots involved in the tutorials and hands-on sessions include Kaspar, a humanoid robot created to improve the lives of children with autism and Scampi, a robot that looks like a spider with a couple of legs missing!
The event was covered in local media: http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/education/university-of-hertfordshire-robotics-workshop-at-welwyn-hatfield-schools-1-5580086
BabyRobot was presented by partner ATHENA RC in the occasion of the Athens Science Festival 2018 .
The objective of these events is to provide information about current research programs and achievements to students, researchers, the industry and the general public.
The BabyRobot project and demos were presented and discussed with middle school students of ”Nea Genia Ziridis” School visiting the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) by both the ICCS and the Athena RC teams.