Events

CRNS seminar

Date: Friday 20 January
Speaker: Hatice Gunes (University of Cambridge)
Venue: Link 3 Seminar Room, 2-3pm
Title: Affective and Social Signal Processing for HRI

Abstract: Computing that is sensitive to affective and social phenomena aims to equip devices and interfaces with the means to interpret, understand, and respond to human personality, affect, moods and intentions - similarly to how humans rely on their senses to assess each other's affective and social behaviour. This talk will focus on automatic recognition of affect and social signals, and will present an overview of recent research works my team has conducted in these fields in the context of human-virtual agent interactions and human-robot interactions.

  • 28/10/2016 - Carlos Cifuentes: Human-Robot Interaction Strategies for Assistance and Rehabilitation
  • 25/11/2016 - Hatice Gunes (Cambridge)
  • 02/12/2016 - Padraig Gleeson (University College London)
  • 16/12/2016 - Ian Phillips (ARM)
  • 27/01/2017 - Miguel Gonz├ílez-Fierro (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • 10/02/2017 - Marcus Kaiser (Newcastle)
  • 17/02/2017 - Shimon Whiteson (Oxford)
  • 03/03/2017 - Karl Tuyls (Liverpool)
  • 10/03/2017 - Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova (Exeter)

Will machines soon be thinking for themselves?

As machine learning continues to improve at breakneck speed, we are surely on a collision course with machines that will fit into our lives fluidly and effortlessly, just as other humans around us already do.

Professor Angelo Cangelosi discusses the evolution of the thinking machine during UK Robotics Week 2016.

Within touching distance? Creating machines that appear to think.


Venue and time: Smeaton Building 107b, 2pm - 3pm (unless specified below) 

Seminar series 2014

  • 11 March 2014 - D Franklin (University of Cambridge)
  • 14 March 2014 - Pat Healey (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • 7 Mar 2014 - Jack Mellor (University of Bristol)
  • 28 Feb 2014 - Netta Cohen (University of Leeds)
  • 21 Feb 2014 - Paul Newman (Oxford University)
  • 7 Feb 2014 - Andrew Pickering (University of Exter): Cybernetics in Britain, 1940-2000: Sketches of Another Future
  • 31 Jan 2014 - John Duncan (University of Cambridge): A core brain system in assembly of cognitive episodes
  • 24 Jan 2014 - Thomas Nowotny (University of Sussex): Using code generation to facilitate GPU computing for science applications

Seminar series 2012-2013

  • 29 Nov 2013 - D Polani (University of Hertfordshire): Informational Principles in the Perception-Action Loop
  • 22 Nov 2013 - Kianoush Nazarpour (Newcastle University): Abstract Control of Myoelectric Hand Prostheses 
  • 15 Nov 2013 - P Baxter (Plymouth University): Robots
  • 08 Nov 2013 - C Harris and N. Kuppuswamy (Plymouth University and Zurich University): Development, Learnability and Dimensional Reduction 
  • 01 Nov 2013 - Ian Philips (ARM): Energy Efficient Computing
  • 18 Oct 2013 - F Neri (De Montfort University): Towards Automatic Design of Optimisation Algorithms 
  • 04 Oct 2013 - Anthony Morse (Plymouth University): Developmental Robotics - Language and Action
  • 22 Mar 2013 - Zhaojie Ju (University of Portsmouth): Human Hand Motion Analysis with Multisensory Information
  • 15 Mar 2013 - Torbjorn Dahl (Plymouth University): Humanoid tactile gesture production using a hierarchical augmented SOM encoding
  • 12 Mar 2013 - Jean-Christophe Baillie (Aldebaran Robotics): Cancelled
  • 1 Mar 2013 - Ian Philips (ARM): Letting our Achievements Speak for Us
  • 22 Feb 2013 - Ian S Howard (University of Cambridge, Plymouth University): The encoding of motor memories is influenced by past movement state and sensory contextual cues
  • 15 Feb 2013 - Tom Verguts (Ghent University): Neural networks for number processing
  • 1 Feb 2013 - John Greenman and Ioannis Ieropoulos (Bristol Robotics Lab): Microbial Fuel Cells and Symbots; Can the microbes do more
  • 30 Nov 2012 - Marco Branciforte (ST Microelectronics): Research and Development at ST Microelectronics for Robotics
  • 28 Nov 2012 - Murukiah Arumugam (Broadline Inc): Research Commercialisation
  • 16 Nov 2012 - Erol Sahin (Middle East Technical University): Learning and Representation of Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives through Affordances
  • 15 Nov 2012 - Giorgio Metta (Italian Institute of Technology, Plymouth University): The iCub Robot
  • 19 Oct 2012 - Dave Cliff (University of Bristol): Replacing City Traders with Robots
  • 12 Oct 2012 - Seth Bullock (University of Southampton): An Evolutionary Simulation Approach to Extravagant Honesty (Cancelled)
  • 28 Sep 2012 - Andy Wills (Plymouth University): The Inverse Base-Rate Effect: Data and Models
  • 14 Sep 2012 - Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire): Social Robots as Assistive Tools?

Seminar series 2011-2012

  • 11 May 2012 - Tony Prescot (University of Sheffield): Investigating brain architecture through active touch sensing in animals and robots
  • 30 Mar 2012 - Christopher Peters (Coventry University): Human Perception of Gaze and Blinking Behaviour in Virtual Humanoid Agents
  • 16 Mar 2012 - Tony Pipe (BRL Bristol): Advances in Human Robot Interaction: The Rise of the Machine?
  • 2 Mar 2012 - Ian Phillis (ARM): Out of Sight, is Out of Mind
  • 24 Feb 2012 - Liam McDaid (University of Ulster): Function significance of astrocytes
  • 17 Feb 2012 - Barbara Webb (Edinburgh University): Sensorimotor systems in insects and robots
  • 10 Feb 2012 - Nada Yousif (Imperial College London): Visualising the spatiotemporal neuronal effects of deep brain stimulation
  • 24 Feb 2012 - Liam McDaid (University of Ulster): Function significance of astrocytes
  • 2 Dec 2011 - Kate Twomey (Sussex University): Neural network models of cognitive development
  • 18 Nov 2011 - Serge Thill (Skovde University, Sweden): Modeling mirror neurons and human action recognition
  • 4 Nov 2011 - Rachel Wu and Thomas Hannagan (Birkbeck and CRSN Marseille): Cued multimodal learning during infancy: A neurocomputational model
  • 7 Oct 2011 - Anil Ahir (Tamar Foods): Tamar Foods' major investment on robotic technology: change management to develop a competitive advantage

Seminar series 2010-2011

  • 1 April 2011 - Tom Ziemke (Skovde University, Sweden):  ICEA project results
  • 31 Mar 2011, PSQ C2 11am - Honghai Liu (Bournemouth University, UK): Human Motion Skill Transfer into Robots: a Cognitive Challenge
  • 24 Mar 2011 - Slawomir Nasuto (Reading University, UK): Robot Animats: Closed loop embodiment of cultured neuronal networks
  • 4 Mar 2011 - Nick Hawes (Birmigham University, UK): Building blocks for cognitive robots
  • 25 Feb 2011 - Ian Phillips (ARM Ltd): Thanks to Science, life's cool?
  • 18 Feb 2011, ROLLE-114 - Jochen Steil (Bielefeld University, Germany): Neural associative dynamics for learning of motor primitives: towards Rich Motor Skills
  • 11 Feb 2011 - Mark Neal (Aberyswith University): Robotics in interesting environments: usefulness and longevity
  • 28 Jan 2011 - Marco Miroli (ISTC CRN, Rome): Intrinsically motivated cumulative learning systems (IMCLEVER project)
  • 17 Dec 2010 - Thomas Wennekers (CRNS): Cell assemblies
  • 3 Dec 2010 - Marc Lee (Aberystwyth University): Developmental Robotics: why psychology really matters
  • 19 Nov 2010 - Haline Schendan (Psychology, Plymouth University): Brain basis of human vision, memory and learning
  • 29 Oct 2010 - Inman Harvey (Sussex University): Evolutionary modelling
  • 8 Oct 2010 - Luca Zammataro (University of Milan, Humanitas): An hypothesis of emotional engine
  • 1 Oct 2010 - Giacomo Spampinato (Malardalen University, Sweden): Binocular vision in robotics. From autonomous navigation to human robot interaction

Seminar series 2009-2010

  • 23 Mar 2010 - Hiroyuki Iizuka (University of Osaka):  Evolution of communications in robots and people
  • 5 Mar 2010 - Santo di Nuovo (University of Catania): Embodied cognition and learning
  • 4 Dec 2009 - Torbjorn Dahl (University of Wales Newport): Robotics intelligence research and ROBOTSKIN project
  • 20 Nov 2009 - Jonathan Ginzburg (King's College London): Integrating Semantics with Interaction
  • 13 Nov 2009 - Bill Bigge (University of Sussex): May the force be with you - Torque control and mechanical emulators for cheap robots
  • 30 Oct 2009 - Jian Dai (King's College London): Novel Mechanisms and Intuitive Robotic Manipulation
  • 23 Oct 2009 - Manuel Lopes (Plymouth University) Cognitive robotics
  • 27 Oct 2009 - Steven Greenberg (Silicon Speech): Time Perspective in Spoken Language
  • 27 May 2009 - Chyi-Yeu Jerry Lin (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology): Development of Autonomous Intelligent Robots: Multifunctional Entertaining Robots, Robot Theatre, and Next Generation Service Robots
  • 6 May 2009 - Dr Boris Vladimirskiy (University of Bern, Switzerland): Unsupervised learning of natural stimulus statistics and hierarchical novelty-familiarity representation in the visual cortex
  • 20 Mar 2009 - Roger Moore (University of Sheffield) Spoken Language Processing: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • 13 Mar 2009 - Takashi Hashimoto (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology): Grammaticalisation, language evolution and creativity
  • 20 Feb 2009 - Michael Meredith (University of Sheffield): Mathematical mechanics of motion
  • 13 Feb 2009 - Darren Cosker (University of Bath): Face animation modelling
  • 6 Feb 2009 - Sandor Veres (University of Southampton): Engineering the behaviour of autonomous vehicles
  • 30 Jan 2009 - Martin Woolner (Plymouth University): INNOVATE: 3D scanning, virtual object manipulation and rapid prototyping

EU Parliament workshop on European Robotics Research Leadership

Angelo Cangelosi and the MEP Ioannis Tsoukalas are organising this workshop at the Altiero Spinelli Building, home of the EU Parliament in Brussels. Speakers will include Libor Kral (Head of FP7 Cognitive Systems and Robotics unit), Alessandra Luchetti (Head of FP7 Marie Curie Unit), Rainer Bischoff (KUKA Robotics), Paolo Dario (Robotics Companion Flagship), Giorgio Metta (iCub's dad) and Yiannis Aloimonos and Katerina Pastra (Poeticon++). This is an invitation-only workshop with 30 participants from industry and academia, and 20 MEPs and European Commission staff. 

Making Sense of Sounds: Workshop on Sounds and Sound Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems, 20-21 February 2012

This workshop will discuss many aspects of sound processing, including sound perception in natural systems (humans and animals), the use of sounds to probe the environment (bio-sonar), computational modelling of auditory processing, and the development of bio-inspired real-time sound processing systems. The workshop is organised by Sue Denham and Thomas Wennekers, as part of the SCANDLE project.

International Workshop: Emergence of communication. From artificial agents to human experiments

Davide Marocco organised a workshop on the Emergence of communication. From artificial agents to human experiments, on 17 February 2012. This included speakers from Japan Univerities (Takashi Ikegami, Ryoko Uno, Hiroyouki Iizuka) and from the Natioanal Research Council (Stefano Nolfi). The workshop was funded by a Plymouth University International Collaboration Grant.

IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2011 Conference organised by CRNS staff


Angelo Cangelosi is the conferene co-chair of IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2011, the first Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics, to be held in Frankfurt, on 24-27 August 2011.

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Society, Culture and Langauge (SCL2010), 11-13 November 2010

The CRNS hosted the SCL2010 workshop, sponsored by EOARD, the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development.

TAROS-2010 Conference in Plymouth

The CRNS hosted TAROS2010 on August 31 to September 2, 2010. This also included an Industrial Workshop on Service and Personal Robotics. 

STM-2010 Workshop in Plymouth

Last June, the CRNS organised the workshop on Spike Train Measures and Their Applications to Neural Coding. We were able to recruit world-leading researchers as speakers and participants. 

CRNS Inaugural Workshop, 2009

The CRNS Inaugural Workshop was held on 26 and 27 November 2009 at Plymouth University with keynote speakers Christian Goerick (Honda), Hans-Georg Stork (European Commission) and Steve Furber FRS (Manchester University).