[cs-talks] IVC Seminar: Human-Robot Interaction, 11/7 at 1pm, MCS 148

Harrington, Jacob Walter jwharrin at bu.edu
Mon Nov 7 12:58:15 EST 2016

Human-Robot Interaction and the Rise of Assistive Robots
Prof. Momotaz Begum, Computer Science, UNH
Monday, November 7th at 1pm – 2pm in MCS 148

Abstract: Intelligent robots are soon expected to work alongside humans in the community and workplaces. Human robot interaction (HRI) is a new multidisciplinary research domain that investigates the issues involved with smooth integration of robots in the human society. In an effort to transform US-healthcare system to patient-centered care (instead of current clinic- centered care) a great emphasis is given on the development of novel intelligent systems (both embodied and software systems) that improve the quality of life of an affected individual as well as his/her caregiver. This is where assistive robots and systems show a great promise to ensure health and wellbeing at the individual, system, and organizational level. However, robots that will co-exist with humans will require to exhibit consistently robust performance (with respect to perception, decision making, and action) and very sophisticated human-robot interaction capabilities.

In this talk, I will discuss about HRI as an emerging research domain as well as the multi-faceted challenges in the design, development, and deployment of assistive robots.

Bio: Momotaz Begum is an Assistant Professor in the CS department at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include robot perception, learning, and human-robot interaction. She is especially interested to design and develop systems and algorithms that increase the quality of life of people with cognitive and physical disabilities.

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