About the Facility

A white and blue robot with a an arm and gripper folded in front of it

A state-of-the-art facility for studying and evaluating Human-Robot Interaction across the disciplines of robotics, psychology, and interactive media arts with applications throughout health and medicine.

The Facility's experimental space is framed with a metal structure covered with modular acoustic panels and acoustic ceiling tiles which support and partially conceal the sensors. Software combines and interprets sensor measurements to produce streams of time-stamped data that can then selectively be used in real time to control robotic devices, and/or logged to computer disk. This capability supports a wide variety of multidisciplinary experimentation in human–robot interaction. There are no comparable facilities for HRI research worldwide.

The Facility can support markerless sensing of human movement; studies of user interaction with technological devices, and interpretation of human intent and affect; improving the quality of everyday life activities of people with impairments using robotics technology; robot learning and cognitive reasoning in HRI; planning, action, and safety in cooperative human–robot activity; and the evaluation of robot design for HRI.

Facility Staff

Mari Velonaki

Director

UNSW Art & Design

Mari Velonaki on the right looks at the face of a gynoid on the left

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David Rye

Deputy Director

ACFR, The University of Sydney

A mustachioed David Rye looks off-screen

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Andrew Haigh

Technology Manager

UNSW Art & Design

Andrew Haigh is pictured smiling in front of an artwork

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Michael Gratton

Research Associate

UNSW Art & Design

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Colin Clifford

Vision/Perception

UNSW Psychology

Colin Clifford

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Gamini Dissanayake

Localisation/Navigation/Dynamics

UTS CAS

Gamini Dissanayake

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Steven Faux

Rehabilitation Medicine

St Vincent's Hospital

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Dikai Liu

Human-Robot Cooperation

UTS CAS

Dikai Liu

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Maurice Pagnucco

AI/Cognitive Robotics

UNSW CSE

Maurice Pagnucco

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Fabio Ramos

Machine Learning/Perception

USyd School of Computer Science

Fabio Ramos

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Katsumi Watanabe

Cognitive Science/Neuroscience

Waseda University/UNSW

Katsumi Watanabe

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Facility Partners

The University of New South Wales

UNSW Art & Design

School of Computer Science and Engineering

School of Psychology

The University of Sydney

Australian Centre for Field Robotics

School of Computer Science

University of Technology Sydney

Centre for Autonomous Systems

St Vincent’s Private Hospital

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine