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15 January 2015

Generation of speech and gesture in social robotics

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Amy Isard - University of Edinburgh

I will describe some current techniques which attempt to allow robots to behave realistically in social situations through the use of speech and gesture. I focus on two European projects: Indigo, a mobile robot which gives tours of a virtual museum of buildings in ancient Athens, and James, a robot bartender which serves drinks to multiple customers in a socially appropriate manner. I will cover both the bahaviour of robots in populated spaces and socially informed arm and hand gestures, and their temporal aligment with the robot's language. BIO: Amy Isard is a Research Fellow in the Insitute for Language, Cognition and Computation at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests focus on dialogue and natural language generation. She has worked on a number of projects involving written and spoken dialogue, both in social robotics and in tutorial dialogue systems. She recently started a PhD in natural language generation from data, supervised by Jon Oberlander.

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Contact: mailto:paul.piwe@open.ac.uk