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.

RCUK - http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/Publications/reviews/reports/Pages/BigIdeas.aspx

Information at UH - http://blogs.herts.ac.uk/research/2011/06/16/kaspar-robot-celebrated-as-big-idea-for-the-future-research-selected-for-leading-report/

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.

Link: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Vergessliche-Computer-967153.html

Link: http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~myl/AISBRWWA.html

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.

Link: http://www.sparc.ac.uk/workshops/2009-11-24-robots-for-rehabilitation/programme.asp

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 (http://www.robocup2009.org). 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)

Link: http://www.robocup2009.org/

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