Kerstin Dautenhahn

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Social Robots of the Future?

For the past 20 years my research has focused on social robotics and human-robot interaction. There are a number of technological challenges in creating social robots that can interact with people and carry out useful tasks, e.g. as assistants. However, the human dimension is equally crucial to consider, if those systems are to be acceptable by its prospective users. Interesting application areas for social robots include robot-assisted therapy for children with autism as well as home assistance robots. I will briefly outline the technological, as well as human-centred challenges of our humanoid robot Kaspar that interacts with children with autism

Kerstin Dautenhahn is Full Professor in the School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire where she coordinates the Adaptive Systems Research Group. She has pioneered research in social robotics, human-robot interaction, assistive technology and published more than 300 research articles. Prof. Dautenhahn has edited several books and frequently gives invited keynote lectures at international meetings. She organizes international conferences and has been Principal Investigator of her research team in several European FP5/6/7 projects. Prof. Dautenhahn is Founding Editor in Chief of the Journal of Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, as well as Associate Editor of several other international journals.

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