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Publications Research

New Book on Social Robots

Social robots not only work with humans in collaborative workspaces – we meet them in shopping malls and even more personal settings like health and care. Does this imply they should become more human, able to interpret and adequately respond to human emotions? Do we want them to help elderly persons? Do we want them …

Illustration of a robot facing an elder woman
Projects Research

Social Robots – Assistance for the Elderly?

In collaboration with Francesca Fracasso, a researcher of the “Planning and Scheduling Technology Laboratory” (PST Lab, headed by Amedeo Cesta), at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the National Research Council of Italy, we are conducting a cross-cultural investigation on people’s believes and opinions on social robots. Social robots differ from other …

ACI Team Research

Interview on AI

In December, ACI-director Oliver Korn gave an interview on artificial intelligence and social robots. In the talk with Anja Nolte, they cover not only technological, but also societal and ethical aspects. The interviews as well as a concluding article have been published in January with the Volksbank Freiburg: Part 1 [German] Part 2 [German] Concluding …

A small robot is driving through a crowd.
ACI Team Events

Impressions of the Open Day

Our first Open Day of 2018 was a great success. We are still a bit overwhelmed by the large number of visitors. Students, colleagues from Offenburg University and also some curious members of the public took the chance to inform themselves about our work and research projects. The ACI robot on tour Our robot “Sanbot” …

ACI Team Events

Open Day at ACI

The newly founded ACI – Affective & Cognitive Institute of the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg introduces itself. On Wednesday, 14th November 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an open day will take place in building B, room 123. We invite all employees, students and the public to get to know our team …

Events

Kids’ University with Social Robots

Robots have long left their industrial settings. Next to everyday phenomena like vacuum cleaning robots we encounter the first autonomous “social robots” – for example in the domains health and care. And some of them walk towards us with a smile on their face… In the lecture of this year’s Kids’ university in Offenburg on …

Projects Research

New Film on Social Robots

Last year the institute’s director Prof. Dr. Oliver Korn won the innovation award of AGYA, the Arab-German Young Academy. Ever since, Social Robots have become an important topic at the Affective & Cognitive Institute (ACI). We are hosting a Workshop (together with AGYA) at this year’s PETRA conference and in the last few months we …