Ginevra CastellanoSchool of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Birmingham
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Our project EMOTE (EMbOdied-perceptive Tutors for Empathy-based learning) has received some press coverage in The Sunday Times in the UK: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Education/article1215624.ece (log in and subscription required for full article access)
The article also raises some interesting ethical and social concerns about the potential for robots to replace human teachers in teaching environments. The EMOTE project, of course, as mentioned in the article, focuses instead on robots as support for the teachers and facilitators for learning, and how these new technologies can be used to create engaging interactive learning scenarios in the classroom.
This article may also be of interest:
Castellano, G., & Peters, C. (2010). Socially Perceptive Robots: Challenges and Concerns. Interaction Studies, 11(2), John Benjamins Publishing Company.
More coverage for the EMOTE project at:
- the Nesta event "Emotional Machines: Is society ready for robot companions?" to which I participated in July 2013. Watch the video!
- interview with MBC. Watch the video!
I am co-organising a special session on the recognition of affect signals from physiological data for social robots (OASIS) at the International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (PhyCS 2014).