My New Robot Companion

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"My New Robot Companion" is an art project by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May, in their role as artists in residence in the Department of Computer Science at the Univesity of Hertfordshire. They are working in collaboration with Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn and Dr Michael L Walters from the Adaptive Systems Research Group to investigate their research into social robotics and to ask the questions, do we want and need robot companions? And, if so, what kind of robot companions do we, as a society, want? The project is funded by The Arts Council England and The University of Hertfordshire and is a development of "My Robot Companion" which was co-commissioned by the Science Gallery in Dublin and The University of Hertfordshire for the "HUMAN + the future of the species" exhibition and won a 2011 Award for Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence from the AISB (Society of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour). Uses for robot companions can vary, forms currently in development worldwide include robot carers for older people, robot nannies to watch over children, sexual companions and home defence robots. It is important to bear in mind that the word ‘robot’ derives from the Slavic word ‘robota’ meaning forced labour. Dumitriu and May’s work focusses on raising public debate around the ethical issues in contemporary robotics and using art and performance techniques as a means of intervening within the scientific research process itself. The artists welcome invitations to exhibit the work, please contact annadumitriu@hotmail.com
HARR1 will be exhibited alongside The University of Hertfordshire’s Research Robots Sunflower (pictured), KASPAR and CHARLY at Bletchley Park for the “Codebreakers Legacy" event on 9th November 2013.

HARR1 will be exhibited alongside The University of Hertfordshire’s Research Robots Sunflower (pictured), KASPAR and CHARLY at Bletchley Park for the “Codebreakers Legacy" event on 9th November 2013.

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The Humanoid Art Research Robot 1, known as HARR1 will be exhibited at Watermans Gallery in London in September and October 2013 as part of an exhibition for the Urban Ambush Festival, linked to the workshops by artists as part of the "Robots and Avatars" project curated by body>data>space

The Humanoid Art Research Robot 1, known as HARR1 will be exhibited at Watermans Gallery in London in September and October 2013 as part of an exhibition for the Urban Ambush Festival, linked to the workshops by artists as part of the "Robots and Avatars" project curated by body>data>space

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A second artists residency in the University of Hertfordshire is currently being planned, to take place toward the end of the year. The new residency will focus on issues of  (perceived) safety, trust, robot behaviours and expressions in robot companions. It will ask how can trust be built between humans and robots and can interactions be made safer. The artists spent a week in a house surrounded by research robots and document their experiences, making artwork in response to the situation and further intervening in the scientific research process. This follows on from the success of their first week spent living in the house, which is in  secret location, the longest anyone has ever spent there. See more about that residency here and view the artists’ talks. Several scientific research papers about the research methods developed during the residency are currently being prepared.

A second artists residency in the University of Hertfordshire is currently being planned, to take place toward the end of the year. The new residency will focus on issues of  (perceived) safety, trust, robot behaviours and expressions in robot companions. It will ask how can trust be built between humans and robots and can interactions be made safer. The artists spent a week in a house surrounded by research robots and document their experiences, making artwork in response to the situation and further intervening in the scientific research process. This follows on from the success of their first week spent living in the house, which is in  secret location, the longest anyone has ever spent there. See more about that residency here and view the artists’ talks. Several scientific research papers about the research methods developed during the residency are currently being prepared.

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