Social and assistive robots are becoming more present in our society. Particularly, the ARI robot is a high-performance social robot and companion designed for a wide range of multi-modal expressive gestures, gaze and personalised behaviour [1]. This project looks for both the implementation of large language models into social robotic agents and the deployment of it in human-robot environments in which robots might be used to assist domestic tasks [2, 3].

[1] Cooper, S., Di Fava, A., Vivas, C., Marchionni, L., & Ferro, F. (2020, August). ARI: The social assistive robot and companion. In 2020 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) (pp. 745-751). IEEE.

[2] Lemaignan, S., Cooper, S., Ros, R., Ferrini, L., Andriella, A., & Irisarri, A. (2023). Open-source Natural Language Processing on the PAL Robotics ARI Social Robot.

[3] Gunson, N., Garcia, D. H., Sieińska, W., Addlesee, A., Dondrup, C., Lemon, O., ... & Yu, Y. (2022, September). A Visually-Aware Conversational Robot Receptionist. In Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (pp. 645-648).


Computer Science and Engineering

Research Area

Robotics | Machine learning | Artificial intelligence | Natural language processing

Robotics lab at CSE. J17 room 510.

At the end of the project, it is expected the student will develop and implement algorithms to test large language models in a human-robot interaction environment for conversational dialogue or interactive assistance.