Presented our work on the design of tangible devices for classroom orchestration.
I gave a short talk at the HRI Mini symposium on Orchestration of Robot Populated Classrooms, a recent work started with Sina Shahmoradi, Jauwairia Nasir and Utku Norman
Advancing intuitive human-machine interaction with human-like social capabilities for education in schools
Tangible Haptic-Enabled Swarm for Learners
Context: Visuo-Motor coordination problems can impair children in their academic achievements and in their everyday life. Gross visuo-motor skills, in particular, are required in a range of social and educational activities that contribute to children’s physical and cognitive development such as playing a musical instrument, ball-based sports or dancing. Children with visuo-motor coordination difficulties are typically diagnosed with developmental coordination disorder or cerebral palsy and need undergo physical therapy. The therapy sessions are often not engaging for children and conducted individually.
Context Natural language is an important part of communication since it offers an intuitive and efficient way of conveying ideas to another individual. Enabling robots to efficiently use language is essential for human-robot collaboration. In this project, we aim to develop an interface between voice assistant engines (Alexa; SDK or Google Home Assistant) and ROS (Robotics Operating System). By doing this, we will be able to use the powerful dialogue systems developed for voice assistant in human-robot interaction scenario.