User-Adaptive Robotic Systems, a seminar by Gonšalo S. Martins
ISR Amphitheater
2016-12-21, 14:30

As robots transition from research and industrial environments to user's homes, the research community has been addressing the issue of adaptivity in order to make robots more compliant and acceptable to the users.

In order to ensure a satisfactory interaction, an intelligent system can employ any known relevant characteristics of the user in order to adapt its communication strategy. This idea, known as User-Adaptive Interfaces in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, is an emerging trend in Robotics. Preliminary studies report that users tend to prefer adaptive systems, and that these systems are able to improve the performance cooperative tasks shared by users and robots.

The goal of this talk is to provide an overview of the current state of the art in User-Adaptive Robots, with a focus on systems actually implemented in robots.

The overview is split into two. Firstly, a scientific overview is provided, based on a survey of recent Robotics literature. Secondly, a technological overview is discussed, set on the principles of the Technology Readiness Levels. We end by discussing the research and technological gaps we have found, paving the way for future work.