The Roboceptionist Project
Time and Place
Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm
In November 2003, Valerie the roboceptionist began her "job" at Carnegie Mellon. The objective of the project was to create an autonomous robotic character that could interact in a socially natural manner and that would be engaging enough to maintain interest for extended periods of time. Over the past six months, Valerie has proven to be a popular attraction for visitors and regulars alike, and some people have even gotten hooked on her life stories. This talk will describe the genesis of the project, the technical issues that were faced in developing a robot that must operate unattended for 40 hours a week, and the nature of the collaboration with Drama. Some of the ongoing developments in personalization and natural language understanding will be presented. In addition, I will discuss some of the more sociological observations that have been made about the robot's interactions with people and how we expect to change the style of interaction, based on those observations, to make it more natural and compelling.
Reid Simmons is a Research Professor
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