Robot in labThis week we ventured to the other side of campus to take part in a piece of research conducted in the Heriot-Watt Robotarium. The research is being supervised by Dr Rajendran and Professor Aylett is being investigated by Dr McKenna of the School of Social Sciences.

The project is researching 'Autistic traits and Emotion Recognition with an Expressive Robot'. The team are developing a socially competent robot to teach social skills to adults with autism-spectrum disorder (ASD).

The Marketing team at SoSS volunteered to join in and met Alyx – the robot. Dr McKenna invited us to try and identifying whether Alxy's facial expressions were approving or disapproving when you give it an item of 'breakfast' food – a child's toy play-food! Meeting a robot is always an interesting experience, but sharing breakfast with Alyx was a new high for the team.

Dr McKenna is looking for volunteers you too could break bread with a Robot and be entered into a prize draw to win £50 Amazon vouchers – and the only prerequisite is that you meet the following conditions:

  • Aged 18+ years
  • No diagnosed psychiatric condition
  • Normal to corrected vision.

The Heriot-Watt University Robotarium HRI Lab (next to Earl Mountbatten room G.85 & G.77).

If interested, please indicate your availability.