After 50 years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In the Personable Robotics workshop, Dr. Madeline Gannon taught MRAC researchers how to push beyond robots as tools of automation or collaboration, and explore new models of companionship between humans and robots.
This past month of June, the Master of Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) had the honor to host the “Personable Robotics” Workshop, led by Dr. Madeline Gannon with the support of Daniil Koshelyuk and Aslinur Taskin. As part of the third term of the program, dedicated to the topic of “Human-Machine Collaboration”, the workshop focused on the design of interactive robotic installations, teaching participants how to find their own unique perspectives on the future of human-robot relations and create their own personable robots.
Thanks to Dr Madeline Gannon’s expertise and guidance, the students were able to generate innovative ideas and visions for the future of human-machine interactions. The design proposals were interactive and playful, experimenting with groundbreaking ways of communication between human and robot. Among others, the “U R Dancing” project explored the communication with the robot through music and sensors developing an interactive design project in which the UR Robot responded to the rhythm and input generated by the music.