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Our research in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics and artificial life as well as in assistive and rehabilitation robotics has been conducted in various national and international research projects. Many of the projects have been supported by and realised in our long-term focus areas.
Robot House is a unique facility for researching human-robot interaction. It provides a realistic home environment where academic and industry researchers can test how robots can provide physical and cognitive support to humans and looks towards a future where robotic companions may play a greater role in caring for older people.
University of Nottingham (Praminda Caleb-Solly), University of Sheffield (Mark Hawley), Sheffield Hallam Universtiy (Alessandro Di Nuovo), Heriot-Watt University (Mauro Dragone)
The EMERGENCE network aims to create a sustainable eco-system of researchers, businesses, end-users, health and social care commissioners and practitioners, policy makers and regulatory bodies in order to build knowledge and capability needed to enable healthcare robots to support people living with frailty in the community.
Automatic question generation for Occupational Health Assessment
In this project, UH will help Heales Enterprises Ltd (HEL) to set up an automatic question generation system using advanced Machine Learning methods. This system will be used in Occupational Health Assessment. With the introduction of medically supported Artificial Intelligence (AI), HEL will gain a competitive advantage in the Occupational Health market. The AI will also enable auto-completion of Management Advice reducing OHA and, in future, OHP time to compile reports.
Kaspar and language: A feasibility study of using Kaspar, a humanoid robot for speech and language therapy for children with learning disabilities
Whilst a vast amount of research has investigated communication interventions and their impact on children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), the possibility of using state of the art robotics technology, specifically focused on SLC therapies has had very little investigation. This research will be a pioneering study, using the humanoid robot Kaspar as a therapeutic tool for children with learning disabilities in need of SLC therapies to investigate how robotic technology could help these children.
Kaspar Explains: the impact of explanation on human-robot trust using an educational platform
The project focuses on identifying how causal explanation can influence trust in an educational robotic platform, the Kaspar robot. We hypothesise that a robot’s ability to explain its educational actions would make it a more trustworthy educational tool, for the pupils, their parents and their teachers. This may in turn make the robot-mediation more successful.
The goal of this proposal was to seek funding to extend the functionalities of the robotics hardware in the University of Hertfordshire's (UH) Robot House (RH), creating the Robot House 2.0 - and, importantly, to make it accessible to other research groups. RH2.0 was to become an easily accessible hub for UK universities and industry conducting research into smart home and robotics technology.
The SocCred (Assuring safety and social credibility) project was a small feasibility project to identify and characterise the link between social credibility and safety, funded by the AAIP (Assuring Autonomy International Programme). An interactive experiment indicated that users are more likely to accept the safety assessment of a robot that they consider socially intelligent instead of one lacking social competency, which users considered necessary to cross-check these against their own experience.
The projects section is a work in progress list and subject to frequent changes. It is therefore incomplete and includes, at this stage, only a selection of projects. If you want to suggest an update, please send us an e-mail.