By Paul Robinette

Robotics Seminar This Friday!

Who: Prof Kerstin Haring (University of Denver)
What: (More) Inclusive Robotics: Enhancing Design Diversity and Robot Assessment
When: Friday April 5, 2024 at Noon
Where: DAN 321

This talk looks into the multifaceted challenges in robot design, highlighting inherent biases that can arise from limited designer perspectives. It is a call for diversifying the pool of robot designers to foster more inclusive designs and shed light on what the assessment of a Robot Theory of Mind can contribute to the acceptance and success of interactive robots. By revolutionizing robot design, predicting design perceptions and ensuring efficient access to well-crafted robots, we can build better robots. Emphasis is also placed on the need for novel evaluation methods, integrating machine learning and neuroscience approaches like fNIRS, to better understand and improve robot design.

Kerstin S. Haring is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Denver (DU). She directs the Humane Robot Technology Laboratory (HuRoT) that envisions interdisciplinary research in robotics with the goal of improving human lives through the promotion of better technology. Before her appointment at DU, she researched Human-Machine-Teaming at the U.S. Air Force Academy, completed her PhD in Human Robot Interaction at the University of Tokyo in Japan and studied Computer Science at the University of Freiburg in Germany.