Robot researchers end study on a poetic note

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RESEARCHERS who launched a study examining how humans interact with robots are celebrating the end of the project with a robotic poetry reading at the Fringe.

The Heriot-Watt University project used a robot with an expressive face, called Sarah, which lived autonomously with researchers in a lab, indulging in general chat and incorporated into general working routines.

Ruth Aylett, professor of computing science, said: “We know that people feel more relaxed with robots when they can predict what they are going to do.

“That sort of emotional analysis means that robots which have facial expressions are important, but anything too human can be counter-productive, leading to overly high expectations of what the robot can do.”

Sarah and Prof Aylett will be performing at Pulp Fiction, Bread Street, on Monday from noon.