From September 1 to December 31 I will be Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) School of Social and Political Science (SSPS) Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh for a project on social robots in the Edinburgh area. An office, a stipend, some seminars, and some empirical research. Looking forward to starting it!
Project title: Figuring Difference and Inclusivity within Human-Robot Interaction Design: The Case of Socially Assistive Robotics in Edinburgh
Robots designed for social interaction can tell us a great deal about the norms and assumptions of their interaction designers and engineers. Within a larger book project on embodiment and human-robot interaction (HRI), my fellowship will address a delineated subproject: conducting site visits and interviews in Edinburgh to evaluate past efforts and future directions for more inclusive tactile and gesture-based interactions between diverse human users and physical robots at Heriot-Watt University, the Edinburgh Robotics Centre, and the new National Robotarium.