Put this on your calendar – Cynthia Breazeal talk at UW on Social Robots – March 1, 2007

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This should be a very cool talk, and there’s plenty of advance notice to get it on your calendars:

Cynthia Breazeal: “The Art and Science of Social Robots”
March 1, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Kane Hall 120, University of Washington

Cynthia Breazeal (Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT) directs the Robotic Life Group at the MIT Media Lab. She is internationally known for seamlessly blending scientific theories, artistic insights, and engineering principles to create compelling robotic creatures that have a lively social presence to those who interact with them. She has participated in the development of some of the world’s most famous robots including the upper torso humanoid robot, Cog, and the sociable robot, Kismet. Her current research extends these themes in the area of human-robot relations to create cooperative and capable robots that can work and learn in partnership with people. Her research program strives to revolutionize the art and science of human-robot interaction and cooperation—to develop robots that engage with us as helpful partners that will ultimately play a valuable, rewarding, and unprecedented role in the everyday lives of ordinary people. For more information on Cynthia Breazeal, see http://web.media.mit.edu/~cynthiab/.

Breazeal’s talk is part of a special initiative on the digital humanities sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. The collaborative context for the Simpson Center’s digital humanities initiative is InFormation 2006-2007, an ambitious nation-wide project involving campuses across the country under the rubric of HASTAC, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. As a consortium, HASTAC is dedicated to leveraging its collective institutional resources to integrate humanists into the projects and conversations shaping the digital world.

For more information on Breazeal’s talk or the digital humanities initiative, please contact Linda Wagner, UW Simpson Center for the Humanities, at lmwagner@ascomp.washington.edu or 206-221-3191.

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