Description of field of research

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, with great potential to become part of the healthcare community by applying powerful AI algorithms [1]. For example in the healthcare context, ARI’s capabilities could easily adapt to carry out many tasks including hospital reception, patient registration, providing health assessment, and entertaining users in hospital waiting rooms or at home [2, 3].

Research Area

Robotics | Machine learning | Artificial intelligence

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 some social behaviour in a human-robot interaction environment such as action recognition, affordance identification, and conversational dialogue.

  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).