Friday, February 26, 2010

My Research on Snackbot at CMU made the New York Times!

I just got an email from an old group member of mine (human computer interaction extraordinaire, Richard Ram) who was in my HCI Methods class at Carnegie Mellon.  It looks like a project we were working on for that class was in the New York Times on Tuesday!  The articles and be found here:

The robot that we worked with was called Snackbot and was featured in the first part of the article as well as in the video on the left sidebar.  We spent a lot of time on that robot and learned a lot of valuable information about human-robot interaction.  It's a little disappointing that they did not mention our research group in the article but is still cool that something we worked on was featured in the New York Times.

We got to do a lot of interesting things while doing that research such as work with a robot and researchers from Stanford, work with a lunar robot team at CMU that was competing in a contest to have their robot sent to the moon by Google, and we even got to ride off-road Segways!


Jason said...

Nick - were you in charge of the homo-robo interaction??

"Designed to gather information on how robots interact with people (and how to improve homo-robo relations), the Snackbot has been carefully considered for maximum approachability in every detail, from its height to its color."

Benjamin said...

That's our stimilus money at work... making an F'ing snack bot that no one will ever use because everyone will just swipe all of the food and leave.

Nick, I think you aught to make a SLAP Bot to guard the Snack Bot. At least that might be entertaining.

PS - Nick probably did the voice for this. It sounds kind of like him.

Nick said...


Benjamin said...

One more comment... why does CMU think it's a good idea to use their students and professors to be the test cases for Human Computer interaction (Homo-Robo if you will)? Since when are CMU students and faculty a good representation of the human race with respect to communication and interactive skills?

OF Course... Nick is the exception... I don't count him as a CMU person.