Human-robot interaction laboratory
The Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Laboratory is a world-class research facility established by the Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems (IROHMS). Aligned to IROHMS research agenda, the laboratory’s research focuses on investigating research problems at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and human-machine systems.
Lab users work closely together to design and develop novel methods and concepts to make an impact on the field of human-robot interaction and society. Our main research priorities are:
- human-robot interaction and collaboration
- human-like AI
- context awareness
- context reasoning
- intention recognition and prediction
- affective computing
- explainable robotics
- semantic reasoning
- robot curiosity
The application of our laboratory’s technologies can be used in several fields including industry, healthcare, entertainment, sport, and training. The laboratory has cutting-edge equipment for teaching and research, including:
With more than 20 degrees of freedom and an omnidirectional base, this service robot can actively support humans for example in their daily life and health care. Two 7-DOF arms with one finger hands are used for mechanical interaction with objects in the environment. On its 3-DOF torso it has two 3D cameras for environmental monitoring and another 3D camera for floor monitoring. The robot’s head has a touch panel display to interact with people and contains a moving sensor ring with 3D camera for facial and gesture recognition, and microphone for speech recognition.
Vicon motion tracking system
A setup of 10 Vicon Vero cameras with advanced technology and intelligent controls, together with a Vicon RGB camera can track human and objects precisely, accurately, and rigorously. The technology enables a wide variety of research from human-robot collaboration to context awareness, and more.
Siemens plant simulation software
A powerful tool for modelling, simulating, analysing, visualizing, and optimizing production systems and processes, which is developed by Siemens PLM Software.
Eye tracker and EEG headset
These cutting-edge equipment enable studying human physiological signals and behaviours, which are fundamental in different robotic areas such human-like AI and trusted autonomy.
HTC VIVE virtual reality headset
With high resolution, this VR headset offers a comprehensive package to support users to get more out of the virtual reality experience.
This eye tracking system uses digital cameras for real-time tracking of eye movement and gaze direction. It has several applications in different research areas such as human-centred robotics, and human intention recognition.