Robotics science and technology is advancing rapidly
and has reached the stage where it is becoming possible
to build robots that are able to interact with people
to assist them, or so that human and robot may work
cooperatively to complete a task.
The need to understand what is possible in human-machine
interaction, and how to shape or structure this interaction,
will be fundamental to future developments in this field.
Without joint knowledge – by human and robot –
of each other's abilities and intent, and without an
understanding of social context, human-robot interaction
based soley on technological ability will fail. Widespread
future adoption of robotics technology within society
will depend on a multi-disciplinary understanding of
scientific, technological, sociological and cultural
aspects of human-robot interaction.
It is in this context that the Centre for Social Robotics
was founded within ACFR by David Rye and Mari Velonaki
in 2006. Our objective is to study and understand human-robot
interaction in social environments.