Research Areas

Human-Robot Interaction

Furhat as the go to robot for studying the relationship between robots and humans

HRI researchers deploy social robots to study the implications of the technology and the design of robots on humans, and how people interact with them.

The field of Human-Robot Interaction one of the fastest-growing communities in Human-Computer interaction, and is the cornerstone community for understanding why we need robots in society, how we should design then, and how we can deploy them, and how people behave and feel when interacting with them.

The ability of Furhat to be customized in appearance, behaviour, and personality, with very easy-to-use tools, makes it the go-to robot for researcher examining the relationship between humans and robots. With the Furhat SDK and design tools, researchers can create their robot design (from cartoonish to very human-like) and program it and design experimental setups for it and deploy it, without the need to spend time learning the technologies underneath, or learning the complexities of dialogue systems, computer vision, and speech, but rather focus on more abstract and higher-level questions that can guide the community towards a deeper understanding of human-robot interaction.

Key benefits

  • Easy to customise personality and appearance
  • Tools for user studies
  • Graphical interfaces to build interactions with Furhat
  • Logging and analytics tools to study user data

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Social Interactions and the Uncanny Valley

At the Social Robotics Lab at Uppsala University in Sweden, Professor Ginevra Castellano and PhD Student Maike Paetzel are currently using Furhat to investigate how people’s perception of the robot changes over time, and how people react to robots with different levels of realism and human-likeness.

The question of the Uncanny Valley and why are people “scared” of robots has been a centre of attention for those entering the field. What makes people like and bond with a robot? what makes people feel uncomfortable, and how does the robot design changes people’s expectations of their abilities? These are key questions to advancing our understanding of how to bring robots closer to people.

Since Furhat can change age, race, gender, voice and many other features which no other social robot is capable of, it provides a unique possibility to conduct experiments where some features are replaced to see what effect they have on how the robot is being perceived.

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