Periodic Reporting for period 2 - SOCIAL ROBOTS (Mechanisms and Consequences of Attributing Socialness to Artificial Agents)
Reporting period: 2018-04-01 to 2019-09-30
So far, the team has produced 21 publications and 25 invited conference talks for the PI alone, as well as organised a multidisciplinary workshop on the social neurocognition of human robot interaction (Bangor University, August 2017) and a symposium on a similar topic at the 2018 HRI meeting in Chicago, USA. Moreover, two team members (Cross and Hortensius) served as co-editors of a theme issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B along with fellow ERC awardee, Agnieszka Wykowska, titled ‘From social brains to social robots: Applying neurocognitive insights to human-robot interaction’, published in 2019.
2019: Keynote - Dance Data, Cognition, and Multimodal Communication Workshop (Portugal)
Embodied Social Agents workshop (Scotland)
2018: Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (Germany)
Center for Research on Cognition and Learning, CNRS (France)
Aegina Summer School on Social Cognition, Aegina (Greece)
ERC Conference ‘Frontier Research in Artificial Intelligence’(Belgium)
UK Government Digital Service Academy, Cabinet Office, London (England)
2017: ERC 10th Anniversary Celebration invited speaker (Belgium)
British Science Festival prize lecture presenter (England)
Whitehead Lecture on Cognition, Computation and Culture, Goldsmiths (England)
Culture & Brain Seminar Series, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm (Sweden)
The project has achieved a high level of public engagement too. Our ‘Popularity Contest at the Robotic Petting Zoo’ project was featured on the BBC and other news websites, as well as BBC Radio Wales, and in the first instalment of this interactive event, we attracted nearly 1000 visitors of all ages and backgrounds to take part over a 1-week period (December 2017). Since then, we have run the event at the Glasgow Science Festival and the British Science Festival, attracting several thousand more participants. In addition, the SOCIAL ROBOTS project was featured in the ERCcomic You, Robot, published in 2018 (see https://www.erccomics.com/comics/you-robot)
In addition, eight team members maintain active twitter accounts, with frequent tweeting of #TeamSoBots project updates. We have an active project website where we post research updates and share the papers and presentations prepared by team members and students as part of our social robotics journal club (www.so-bots.com) as well as a dedicated website for the robotic petting zoo outreach project (www.roboticpettingzoo.com). We curate an active Open Science Framework account, where we share our research materials and data with the general public (as well as other academic users) in an aim to foster the transparency and reproducibility of our team’s research. We estimate that our dissemination and communication activities have reached ~9,000 members of the general public.
In terms of expected results until the end of the project, we are naturally looking to build upon all the foundational work we have been establishing over the past 30 months to extend our understanding to developmental and aging populations, as well as develop and refine cross-cultural perspectives on the dynamic nature of human-robot interactions.
1. Henschel, A. & Cross, E. (in press). Interaction Studies.
2. Williams, E., Cristino, F. & Cross, E. (2019). Cognition.
3. Apšvalka, D., Cross, E. & Ramsey, R. (2019). Cognition.
4. Cross, E. &al. (2019). Phil Trans Roy Soc B.
5. Cross, E., Hortensius, R. & Wykowska, A. (2019). Phil Trans Roy Soc B
6. Apšvalka, D., Cross, E. & Ramsey, R. (2018). J Neuroscience
7. Kirsch, L. &al. (2018). Neural Plasticity.
8. Hortensius, R. & Cross, E. (2018). Annals NYAS
9. Hortensius, R., Hekele, F. & Cross, E. (2018). IEEE-TCDS
10. Kirsch, L. & Cross, E. (2018). Progress in Brain Research
11. Sumanapala, D. &al (2018). Progress in Brain Research
12. Apšvalka, D., Ramsey, R. & Cross, E. (2018). Neural Plasticity
13. Lakens, D. &al (2018). Nature Human Behaviour
14. Williams, E. & Cross, E. (2018). Cognition
15. Cross, E. &al. (2017). PLoS One
16. Gardner, T., Aglinskas, A. & Cross, E. (2017). Neuroimage
17. Sumanapala, D. &al. (2017). Acta Psychologica
18. Kirsch, L. &al. (2016). PLoS One
19. Kirsch, L., Urgesi, C. & Cross, E. (2016). Neurosci Biobehav Reviews
20. Cross, E. &al. (2016). Phil Trans Roy Soc B
21. Catmur, C., Cross, E. & Over, H. (2016). Phil Trans Roy Soc B"