Category Archives: Conferences and events

EPFL Robotic Festival 2012

Another year has passed and I have been quite busy but a couple of weeks ago it was time again for this year’s robotic festival at EPFL! On the 5th of May, about 15.000 visitors came to our campus on … Continue reading

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The strange thing about the “undo button”

Today, I am with Valérie at the innorobo summit in Lyon, France where we presented some insights from our ethnographic study with robots in homes. We had some inspiring conversations with a couple of people after the talk and at … Continue reading

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Robots : invasion imminente ?

Quand verrons-nous débarquer dans notre quotidien les robots de compagnie et les robots à tout faire que l’on nous promettait déjà pour l’an 2000? Les scientifiques arriveront-ils un jour à mettre au point des machines aussi intelligentes que R2D2? Et si les … Continue reading

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When do we call a robot robot?

“Probably, we call robots “robots” as long as we don’t really know how to define them. But as soon as they become familiar to us we don’t call them “robots” anymore.” Keith Miller, University of Illinois, Springfield at “Bridging the … Continue reading

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La forme des robots à venir

Au final, conclut Fumiya Iida, il est difficile de savoir si les robots à l’avenir ressembleront plus à des animaux plutôt qu’à R2D2 ou C6PO. Ce qui est certain, c’est que la dynamique mécanique joue un rôle important. “La forme des … Continue reading

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Surprising robot design to trigger interaction

For James Auger, the notion of domesticated robots is problematic. This difficulty is manifest in the fact that arguably only one service robot — the Roomba – has ever really taken off as a consumer product. To date, the robot … Continue reading

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NCCR robotics symposium – what is a robot?

On June 16th I have been at the 1st symposium of the NCCR robotics in Zurich but since then I didn’t have the chance to blog something about it. So, briefly, a couple of invited speakers with quite diverse backgrounds … Continue reading

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