Suze van Miltenburg was invited by Koen Hindriks to give an injection of inspiration to the master students joining a project on expressive robot behaviors at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Socially Intelligent Robotics Workshop). In this report, she documents some elements she shared during this exchange. This first exchange between the UQC and the VU originated in the context of Acting Like a Robot. See the full report here.
Prof. K. Hindriks (VU) en Suze van Miltenburg (UQC) set up a new exchange linked to the Social Intelligence Robot Project at the VU. The initial idea was to work with students on the topic ‘coming alive’ and work from the analogy between puppets and robots. Due to a shortage of participating students the set up of the project changed. Read the report of this working session here.
An almost inescapable urge to project feelings onto an object such as a robot was thoroughly discussed in the expert meeting on robotics developments organized by Maaike Bleeker preceding the public event Performing Robots at Het Huis, 13 October 2017. The experts gathered in this meeting apply theatre in their research or are interested in exploring further such possibilities. See the report of this meeting here!
The demonstration of the artist Tim Hammer at Theater aan de Rijn in Arnhem was created as a means to bring together roboticists and theatre makers (especially those working with puppets) to be inspired and discussed about a common topic: making lifeless objects alive. A mix of members of Acting Like A Robot and affiliates of Theater aan de Rijn attended the demonstration. Read more about it here!