Monday 12 April 2010 09:29 Age: 3 yrs
Upcoming Talk: Dr. Cindy Bethel on "Non-Facial and Non-Verbal Affective Expression for Appearance-Constrained Robots"
As a part of National Robotics Week, Dr. Cindy Bethel of Yale University will present her work on "Non-Facial and Non-Verbal Affective Expression for Appearance-Constrained Robots" at the UMass Lowell Computer Science Department Colloquium Series on Wednesday, April 14, from 3-4pm in Olsen Hall, Room 311. Please join us!
Faculty host: Prof. Holly Yanco
To confirm that humans respond more favorably to an affective appearance-constrained robot, a study was conducted with 128 participants and two robots (iRobot Packbot and an Inuktun Extreme) in a high fidelity simulated disaster site. Four methods of evaluation were utilized: (1) self-assessments, (2) psychophysiological measures (EKG, abdominal respiration, thoracic respiration, blood volume pulse, skin conductance response), (3) video recording from four different camera perspectives that will later be coded for behavioral responses, and (4) an audio recorded follow-up interview. This is the largest and most comprehensive controlled study performed in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). Details of the study design, implications for HRI and robot design, results, and video will be presented.
She graduated in August 2009 with her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida. Her research interests are in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), affective computing, robotics, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), artificial intelligence, and experimental design for HRI. She graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida. She was awarded the King ONeal Scholar award, the Computer Science and Engineering Outstanding Graduate Award, and the Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Senior of the Year Award.