Media Appearances

The measurement of emotion

On the 27th October 2016, Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn was interviewed for the German newspaper Die Zeit. The original article can be found at

How a robot could be grandma’s new carer

On the 6th November 2016, Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn has been interviewed by the Guardian about robot companions. The article is available at

The rise of the robots

On September 2016, Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn was interviewed on robots and AI on TRT World.

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A sleepover at the robot house

On 11th March 2015, Ricky, a journalist from Newsround wanted to see the robot house and test our equipment. To do so, he decided to stay overnight in the robot house.

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KASPAR at the International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction

The KASPAR robots were taken to the International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction in Cambridge on the 29th of August 2013. In a workshop run by Ben Robins, Luke Wood and Kerstin Dautenhahn, the workshop participants were given the opportunity to explore and work with 5 of the KASPAR robot prototypes.

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Making robots more trustworthy

Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire are part of a new £1.2 million project that aims to ensure that future robotic systems can be trusted by humans. - See more at:

KASPAR article on

An article on features work recent research published in the journal PLoS ONE about how the Adaptive Systems Research Group is investigating the possibility of robot-mediated interviews.

KASPAR was also featured on Biomedical picture of the day:

Adaptive Systems Research Group features in this week's Eclips

The work of our Adaptive Systems Research Group features twice in this week’s Eclips. One article is about crucial funding received for KASPAR and the other is about the work that we have done for the children’s play “My Brother the Robot” which is currently on tour all over Great Britain.


The first year of ACCOMPANY project was based on activities related to:

  • formulating acceptance of the basic platform of the Robot and its functionalities
  • looking at requirements for interface design and the context aware planner
  • investigating memory model requirements and the specifications
  • investigating relevant literature and context analysis for activity monitoring
  • and specification of the required modification to Care-o-bot 3 platform

The project achieved implementation of its first year interaction scenario by integrating the developments highlighted and project progress at the recent review meeting by the European Commission in December, which was marked as “excellent”.
During the second year, research and development will continue in a range of areas varying form social and empathic interaction; robot learning and adaptive interaction; environment and activity monitoring; ethical norms for the development and use of robots as well as issues of user acceptability of different roles and behaviours for the robot.
A project wide evaluation will start towards the end of year 2, allowing us to assess and evaluate the project platform in line with achieving project objectives and meeting user requirements, as reflected by the project scenarios.

Year 1 public deliverables from the project are available on the project website.

EU SCRIPT Project passes first year review

Robots to help rehabilitation for stroke patients at home

The EU SCRIPT Project (Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-Robotics) coordinated by Farshid Amirabdollahian who is also Principal Investigator, passed its first year review with flying colours.

Recent developments in robot-mediated rehabilitation has shown growing evidence of robotic devices for delivering repetitive training beneficial to patient's recovery of functional and motor outcome during acute and chronic phases of stroke rehabilitation.

In year 1 the project delivered the first prototype system, allowing stroke patients to play 3 games for wrist and hand rehabilitation at home. Year 1 of the project encompassed the formative evaluation cycle, which provided a user-centred design approach during shaping of the first prototype system. This included the hand and wrist orthosis and different software components such as patient user interface and health care professionals’ user interface. Stakeholders involved in these formative cycles included patients, family carers and therapists via a number of focus groups across UK, Netherlands and Italy.  Furthermore, prototypes underwent usability and home-based testing.

The resultant system adapts the exercise to the individuals’ needs, i.e. in form of speed and range of motion available and allows the therapist to remotely monitor the activity through a web portal. Games are specifically designed to link the exercise with their therapeutic benefits, i.e. increasing range of motion or speed in achieving different gestures such as grasping or flexion and extension of the wrist.

Call for Participation "International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction"

Call for Participation "International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction"  26 – 30 August 2013, Cambridge, organised by Prof Tony Belpaeme (Plymouth University), Dr Yiannis Demiris (Imperial College), Prof Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire), Dr Farshid Amirabdollahian (University of Hertfordshire).

The International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction welcomes PhD students and early career researchers for an a wide-ranging programme of lectures, discussions and hands-on ateliers on topics such as social signal processing, robotics and autism, child-robot interaction, multi-modal communication, natural language interaction, smart environments, robot assisted therapy, interaction design for robots, tools and technologies, and ethics.

Interested students need to apply to the summer school via the online application process. Applications are accepted until 30 April 2013. There are a limited number of scholarships available which cover participation and accommodation fees. Full fees are available to non-European participants, while European participants can apply for reduced fees. 
For information and queries, please visit the website at or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

KASPAR, CHARLY and Sunflower at Hobletts Manor School

KASPAR, CHARLY and Sunflower made an appearance at Hobletts Manor School to give the children an opportunity to look at and play with some of our robots. The event took place on the 11th of March and may inspire the next generation of roboticists!

KASPAR at National Autistic Society conference in Harrogate

Kaspar was demonstrated by Dr. Ben Robins and Luke Wood during a two-day exhibition at the National Autistic Society conference on the 5th and 6th of March 2013.

Dr Ben Robins also presented the work with Kaspar and children with autism in two lunch-time seminars at this conference.

KASPAR in the UH Jubilee Research Exhibition

KASPAR was presented at a Jubilee Research Exhibition in the University of Hertfordshire on the 7th of November.

KASPAR meets the Duke of Edinburgh

KASPAR was introduced to the Duke of Edinburgh by Dr. Ben Robins during an exhibition at the Stevenage Business & Technology Centre on 10th October 2012.

KASPAR at Science Museum Lates event

KASPAR was presented at the Science Museum Lates event on the 28th of November 2012.

KASPAR at National Autistic Society conference in Manchester

KASPAR was presented at the National Autistic Society conference on the 28th and 29th of February 2012.

New FP7 STREP projects begin

The kick-off meetings for two new FP7 STREP projects took place successfully on 12-14 October and 3-4 November 2011 at University of Hertfordshire. Both project are coordinated by Dr. Farshid Amirabdollahian and target the areas of robot-assisted living (ACCOMPANY) and rehabilitation robotics for stroke patients (SCRIPT).

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KASPAR at Autism Central in Birmingham

We presented KASPAR at Autism Central on the 17th of November 2011 at the Queen Alexandra College, Birmingham.

KASPAR and Sunflower Robots at Naidex South 2011

Between October the 19th and 20th the adaptive systems research group presented both the KASPAR robot and the Sunflower robot at Naidex South 2011

KASPAR at the TAROS 2011 Conference

Dr. Kheng Lee Koay and Dr. Ze Ji exhibited the KASPAR and Sunflower robots at the TAROS 2011 conference from the 31st of August to the 2nd of September in Sheffield. The robots are used in the Roboskin project (KASPAR) and LIREC project (Sunflower).

KASPAR at the Autism Show in London

We presented KASPAR at the Autism Show, 24-25 June 2011, EXCeL London.

KASPAR Robot celebrated as Big Idea for the Future: Research selected for leading report

KASPAR has been selected as one of the projects included in the Big Ideas For the Future report, a new report from Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Universities UK.


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Remembering Who We Are - Human Memory for Artificial Agent


Dr. Wan Ching Ho co-organised, with Dr Mei Yii Lim (Heriot-Watt University), a symposium in AISB 2010 named "Remembering Who We Are - Human Memory for Artificial Agent". This symposium offered an opportunity for interdisciplinary discussions on human-like memory for artificial agents including organisational structures and mechanisms. A online article was written (in German) from a journalist who attended the symposium. Please find the article in the following website.



Robots for Rehabilitation and Personal Independence workshop


On 24 November 2009 Dr. Farshid Amirabdollahian and Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn organised a workshop in Ramada Jarvis Hotel entitled "Robots for Rehabilitation and Personal Independence" sponsored by KT-EQUAL. The event attracted more than 70 participants from UH Universities, Spain, Denmark, and the Netherlands. It was a very successful networking event for one of our key research areas, namely Social and Healthcare robotics.


UH "Bold Hearts" RoboCup team are runners up in 3D Simulation competition at the 2009 RoboCup in Germany


Following on from the UH team's success in winning the 3D Humanoid Simulation competition at the Robocup German Open 2009, we are pleased to report that they were runners-up in the 3D Simulation competition at the RoboCup 2009 robot soccer world championships ( RoboCup is one of the largest Robotics and AI competitions in the world, and is dedicated to create a push of the boundaries of science and technology in the field of AI and Robotics beyond the state-of-the-art. The Bold Hearts team, programmed by Sander van Dijk (PhD student), Peter Snow (MSc AI & Robotics student) and Vinny Pindoria (2nd yr BSc Computer Science student), under the tutelage of Dr. Daniel Polani, reached the final of the 3D Simulation League on Sunday in a dramatic and exciting competition, ahead of 19 other teams (in all there were 21 teams in the competition). In a tightly fought final, the Bold Hearts were beaten (3 - 1 after extra time; 0 - 0 after regular time) by a team from Southeastern University (SEU) in China, the Bold Hearts having scored first. Had the final been decided according to the golden goal rule, Bold Hearts would even have won. The other team from a UK university participating in a Robocup soccer event this year was Oxblue from Oxford, who came 6th out of 19 in the 2D Simulation League.(link)


Feelix Growing exhibition stand


Feelix Growing will have an exhibition stand at the upcoming (Nov 25-27) ICT'08 event organized by the EC.


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