Thursday, March 13, 2014

Goal Babbling on the BHA featured in NewScientist

Last week during the HRI conference in Bielefeld NewScientist's reporter Paul Marks came to see Goal Babbling on the Bionic Handling Assistant during the lab-tours through Bielefeld University. His impressions he wrote down for the latest issue of the magazine. And what he reports is, like most people report it, that the robot seems somewhat alive. In particular if it moves by means of Goal Babbling. And even more, when one physically touches and guides the robot during that learning. Read the full report here: Robot elephant trunk learns motor skills like a baby.

Monday, March 3, 2014

HRI 2014 and CODEFROR Kick-Off

This week I attend the HRI 2014 conference in Bielefeld. I will give a talk in the workshop "Attention Models in Robotics", about my work on attention via synchrony. On Friday, the kick-off workshop of CODEFROR will take place, which is a new EU FP7 "International Research Staff Exchange Scheme" for the collaboration between IIT, Bielefeld University, Osaka University, and University of Toyko.