Cappuccino Tomorrow morning, Saturday the 20th, I’m going to be talking about how people react to intelligent systems and robots in a short interview on radio 2. NCRV Cappuccino, Radio 2, 9.00-12.00, I’ll be on around 10.30. It’s going to be quite relaxed & casual, looking forward to it – and to my coffee, considering it is a Saturday morning :).

Monday evening: human-robot interaction ‘kenniscafé’ in De Balie

This Monday, the 15th, I’ll be participating in a discussion on human-robot interaction in culture & debate centre ‘De Balie’ here in Amsterdam. The evening is part of the ‘Kenniscafé’ series of discussions on current themes in science and technology. Themes will include social consequences of developments in robotics, requirements for interaction design and bonding with machines. Stefano Stramigioli (Twente) and Martijntje Smits (Rathenau Institute) will also participate in the discussion. Noel Sharkey and roboseal Paro‘s developer Takanori Shibata will contribute to the event as well. Quite a nice way to spend a Monday evening, rsvp here.

Mobile experiment in full swing.

We’re currently conducting a quite exciting study on people’s interaction with mobile hazard monitoring systems. A dedicated room in the new UvA Science Park building has been converted to an industrial setting in which a potential crisis may or may not occur… We’ve got a pretty big set-up (>60 square meters) and it’s been been quite the hands-on build!

We’re currently about halfway through our experiment and are looking for a small number of additional participants. Continue reading “Mobile experiment in full swing.”