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  4. What Makes a Robot Social? A Review of Social Robots from Fiction to a Home or Hospital Near You

Feb

03

Wednesday

What Makes a Robot Social? A Review of Social Robots from Fiction to a Home or Hospital Near You

1.00pm

Seminars

Public

This event will take place online via Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Anna Henschel

Summary: Social robots demonstrate their potential when deployed within contexts appropriate to their form and functions. Some examples include companions for the elderly and cognitively impaired individuals, robots within educational settings, and as tools to support cognitive and behavioural change interventions. Science fiction has inspired us to conceive of a future with autonomous robots helping with every aspect of our daily lives, although the robots we are familiar with through film and literature remain a vision of the distant future. While there are still miles to go before robots become a regular feature within our social spaces, rapid progress in social robotics research, aided by the social sciences, is helping to move us closer to this reality.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.00pmWednesday 3rd February 2021