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Our research in the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence with with emphasis on assistive, rehabilitation and social robotics has been conducted in various national and international research projects. Many of the projects have been supported by and realised in our long-term focus areas.
Robot House is a unique facility for researching human-robot interaction. It provides a realistic home environment where academic and industry researchers can test how robots can provide physical and cognitive support to humans and looks towards a future where robotic companions may play a greater role in caring for older people.
Kaspar is a child-sized humanoid robot designed as a social companion to improve the lives of children with autism and other communication difficulties.
By interacting and behaving in a child-like way, Kaspar helps teachers and parents support children with autism to overcome the challenges they face in socialising and communicating with others.
09/2021 - 08/2024
Prof. Farshid Amirabdollahian (PI), Dr Patrick Holthaus, Dr Gabriella Lakatos
University of Nottingham (Praminda Caleb-Solly), University of Sheffield (Mark Hawley), Sheffield Hallam Universtiy (Alessandro Di Nuovo), Heriot-Watt University (Mauro Dragone)
The EMERGENCE network aims to create a sustainable eco-system of researchers, businesses, end-users, health and social care commissioners and practitioners, policy makers and regulatory bodies in order to build knowledge and capability needed to enable healthcare robots to support people living with frailty in the community.
06/2021 - 06/2023
Prof. Farshid Amirabdollahian, Yi Sun (supervisor)
Alok Sahu (associate)
In this project, UH will help Heales Enterprises Ltd (HEL) to set up an automatic question generation system using advanced Machine Learning methods. This system will be used in Occupational Health Assessment. With the introduction of medically supported Artificial Intelligence (AI), HEL will gain a competitive advantage in the Occupational Health market. The AI will also enable auto-completion of Management Advice reducing OHA and, in future, OHP time to compile reports.
09/2019 - 08/2022
Dr Ben Robins (PI), Dr Luke Wood, Dr Gabriella Lakatos, Dr Patrick Holthaus
EMBOA project (Affective loop in Socially Assistive Robotics as an intervention tool for children with autism) aims at the development of guidelines and practical evaluation of applying emotion recognition technologies in robot-supported intervention in children with autism. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suffer from multiple deficits, and limited social and emotional skills are among those, that influence their ability to involve in interaction and communication.
02/2022 - 07/2022
Prof. Farshid Amirabdollahian (PI), Dr Ben Robins, Dr Luke Wood, Dr Gabriella Lakatos
Whilst a vast amount of research has investigated communication interventions and their impact on children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), the possibility of using state of the art robotics technology, specifically focused on SLC therapies has had very little investigation. This research will be a pioneering study, using the humanoid robot Kaspar as a therapeutic tool for children with learning disabilities in need of SLC therapies to investigate how robotic technology could help these children.
07/2021 - 06/2022
Prof. Farshid Amirabdollahian (PI), Dr Ben Robins, Dr Patrick Holthaus, Dr Gabriella Lakatos, Dr Luke Wood
Kings College London (Mohammad Mousavi, Hana Chockler), Garston Manor School, Compusult
The project focuses on identifying how causal explanation can influence trust in an educational robotic platform, the Kaspar robot. We hypothesise that a robot’s ability to explain its educational actions would make it a more trustworthy educational tool, for the pupils, their parents and their teachers. This may in turn make the robot-mediation more successful.
03/2019 - 03/2022
Prof. Farshid Amirabdollahian, Dr Kheng Lee Koay (supervisor), Dr Catherine Menon (supervisor)
Dr Ataollah Ramezan Shirazi (associate)
This is a KTP application for joint-development of a cucumber harvest robot for harvesting cucucmber grown in a greenhouse.
03/2017 - 03/2019
kerstin (PI), Prof. Farshid Amirabdollahian (PI), John Senior, Michael L Walters, Dr Kheng Lee Koay
The goal of this proposal was to seek funding to extend the functionalities of the robotics hardware in the University of Hertfordshire's (UH) Robot House (RH), creating the Robot House 2.0 - and, importantly, to make it accessible to other research groups. RH2.0 was to become an easily accessible hub for UK universities and industry conducting research into smart home and robotics technology.
02/2019 - 06/2019
Dr Catherine Menon (PI), Dr Patrick Holthaus
The SocCred (Assuring safety and social credibility) project was a small feasibility project to identify and characterise the link between social credibility and safety, funded by the AAIP (Assuring Autonomy International Programme). An interactive experiment indicated that users are more likely to accept the safety assessment of a robot that they consider socially intelligent instead of one lacking social competency, which users considered necessary to cross-check these against their own experience.