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Interactive Robots

By integrating the state-of-the-art technology in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), various novel robots with high-level intelligence have been proposed and developed in recent years. This project is to develop such a robot that can entertain and interact with people through verbal communication and body language. This robot is designed to humanoid in appearance, with an upper-body sitting on a mobile platform. The upper-body is composed of two arms and an LCD screen face. The two arms can shake hands and wave. The LCD screen displays corresponding facial expressions when interacting with people. The AI techniques such as natural language processing and cognitive modeling together with a vocal synthesizer are used for verbal communication. The mobile platform is driven by two motors with two drive wheels and two caster wheels. For safety, two sonar sensors are mounted on the platform to detect obstacles. The mobility of the robot can be regulated by vocal commands and remote control. One of the goals of this project is to compete in the Annual AAAI Robot Competition and Exhibition. This project is collaborated with Dr. Miroslav Martinovic and Dr. Dr. Andrea Salgian from Department of Computer Science.