Vyo at the HRI 2017 conference

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HRI 2017 is one of the top conferences for basic and applied human-robot interaction research. Researchers from across the world attend and submit their best work to HRI to exchange ideas about the latest theories, technology, data, and videos furthering the state-of-the-art in human-robot interaction.

I was fortunate enough to be accepted to participate and present an interactive demo i’ve been working on. I, accompanied by Dr. Guy Hoffman, developed a platform for authoring robot movement through an open-source animation design software. In the conference I demonstrated this platform on Vyo, a social robot that was designed to serve as a centralized interface for smart home management.

I’ve participated in an insightful workshop where I learned sophisticated algorithms of human motion detection. Throughout the conference I saw presentations of innovative and unique papers that I feel would greatly contribute to my work at the miLAB. Finally, I took part and presented in the demo session, which was a great honor to be standing among professional members of the HRI community.

I gained meaningful skills, not only on the academic level but also on the personal level:

  1. The importance of being prepared ahead of time with the main presentation flow.
  2. During the presentation, it’s important to be flexible and be open to shift the talk to a different direction.
  3. Understand who you’re presenting to, and adjust the content to the viewer.
  4. Pause a little after each sentence. Pausing allows the viewers to comment about things they liked and could change the flow of the presentation to an interesting direction.

It was meaningful opportunity for me to get such positive feedback on our project and to have been inspired from such interesting researchers and projects that i’m positive will contribute greatly for my future.

Written by Benny Megidish, a third year Computer Science student & Research Assistant at IDC miLAB.


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