The International Conference on Social Robot Interactions

14th October 2021

The second instalment of the conference series arrived in October 2021, this time with a focus on social robot interactions. How are we interacting with robots in the real world? Can better interactions reduce the uncanny feeling we get with robots? What are the main challenges facing the state of the art technology? These questions and more are addressed in the recordings!

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Listen in to Tony, Gérard, Maike and Sinisa as they talk about their work with social robots and the Furhat platform. Co-founder Gabriel Skantze also showcases a very insightful behind the scenes look into how Furhat Robotics has studied turn-taking in experiments to build better platform features.

Sinisa Strbac
Chief Product Officer & Robot Trainer, Tengai Unbiased

Sinisa has been involved in programming and developing Tengai from start. Sinisa has over 12 years’ experience in recruiting and has been the driving force behind the recruitment agency TNG’s unbiased anonymous assessment strategy. Today he is the CPO of Tengai managing the day-to-day product development as well as innovating future development of Tengai.

Dr. Maike Paetzel-Prüsmann
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Potsdam

Maike Paetzel-Prüsmann is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Foundations of Computational Linguistics Lab at the University of Potsdam in Germany. During her doctoral studies at Uppsala University, Sweden, she focused on understanding how important first impressions are for long-term human-robot interactions and the effect that novelty plays in people’s uncanny feelings towards robots. In Potsdam, she is now taking a deeper look into dialogue strategies and how a robot’s appearance and personality can influence how people engage with a social robot.

Prof. Dr. Gérard Bailly
Director of Research, CNRS

Gérard Bailly is a senior CNRS Research Director at GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble-France. He was deputy director of the lab in 2007-2012. He has been working in the field of speech communication for more than 30 years. In 1990, he organized with C. Benoît the first Speech Synthesis Workshop (SSW) in Grenoble and will chair the 12th in 2023. He supervised 35 PhD Thesis, authored 52 journal papers, 24 book chapters and more than 200 papers in major international conferences. He coedited “Talking Machines: Theories, Models and Designs” (Elsevier, 1992), “Improvements in Speech Synthesis” (Wiley, 2002) and “Audiovisual speech processing” (CUP, 2012). He accomplished two terms [2013-2021] on the board of the International Speech Communication Association. He is a founder member of the ISCA SynSIG and SproSIG special-interest groups. He holds the chair of “Collaborative Intelligent Systems” at the AI institute in Grenoble. One of his current interests is multimodal interaction with social robots and conversational agents using speech, hand and head movements and eye gaze.

Prof. Dr. Tony Belpaeme
Professor in Robotics, Ghent University

Tony Belpaeme is Professor at Ghent University and Visiting Professor in Robotics and Cognitive Systems at the University of Plymouth, UK. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and currently leads a team studying cognitive robotics and human-robot interaction. Starting from the premise that intelligence is rooted in social interaction, Belpaeme and his research team try to further the science and technology behind artificial intelligence and social human-robot interaction. This results in a spectrum of results, from theoretical insights to practical applications.

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Skantze
Co-founder & Chief Scientist, Furhat Robotics

Gabriel Skantze is the Chief scientist and co-founder of Furhat Robotics. Gabriel is also a Professor in Speech Technology with a specialization in Conversational Systems at KTH. He is leading several research projects and has published 100+ papers on conversational systems and human-robot interaction.

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