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Nadia Magnenat Thalmann
Director of MIRALab / C.U.I.
University of Geneva, Switzerland
SPEECH TITLE: Humanoid social robots: what’s new and what’s next?
ABSTRACT: In his book on politics, Aristotle was dreaming to have statues and objects that express life and replace slaves. Later on, Leonardo da Vinci created some mechanical automatons that could move and serve people. In the 18th Century, various automatons were produced with fantastic appearance and they were able to sing, write or bow.
Last Century gave birth to the first robots guided by software. These robots were able to interact with speech and do actions. And more recently, realistic social humanoid robots can interact and recognize people and analyse emotions.
What are these companions robots? What can they do in reality? What is their future? Why are they useful for Society?
Our presentation will show several case studies including demos of Nadine social robot. A discussion will follow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadine_Social_Robot
Nadia Magnenat Thalmann is the Founder and Director of MIRALab, an interdisciplinary lab in Human Computer Modelling, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She also serves as a Director and adjunct Professor at the Institute for Media Innovation in Singapore. Her research domains are Social Robots, Virtual Humans, Mixed Realities and Digital Human Modelling. In Singapore, she has developed the robot Nadine alike of herself that is able to speak, recognize people and gestures, express mood and emotions, and remember actions.
All over her career, she has received several artistic and scientific Awards, as for example, the 2012 Humboldt Research Award, the Eurographics Career Award, and two Doctor Honoris Causa (from University of Hanover in Germany and from the University of Ottawa in Canada). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Visual Computer Journal published by Springer and is a Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) .