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MEET PEPPER AND NAO, THE WELLBEING ROBOTS

10:00am-12:30pm on Saturday 9 April

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Department of Computer Science and Technology, Affective Intelligence and Robotics Lab, William Gates Building 15 JJ Thomson Avenue, CB3 0FD

Imagine having a wellbeing coach available 24/7 who can reliably improve your mood. You never feel judged, the coach is always on top form, and sessions are tailored to your personality to keep you mentally well. Researchers in the Department of Computer Science and Technology hope to make this vision a reality – in robot form. In the Department's Affective Intelligence and Robotics Lab, they are working to create emotionally intelligent robots that can help make us more resilient to life’s challenges.

In this session, come along for a 10-minute one-to-one taster session with Pepper, the robot wellbeing coach the researchers are developing. You’ll sample what it will be like to work through a positive psychology exercise with a robot coach. The exercise will be explained to you and Pepper will then ask you to reflect on recent events that have made you proud or happy and encourage you to reflect on how that made you feel at the time, and how you feel now.

You can come on your own, or bring a friend/family member with you. Please note, this is a demonstration of an experimental robot coach, not a clinical intervention session for those with a significant mental health issue.

There is also the opportunity to meet a smaller robot Nao - part of a collaborative research project with the Department of Psychiatry looking into how school children interact with robots. The focus with Nao is on seeing if robots could effectively be used to support children’s wellbeing. Nao is a small robot and the children answer the questions Nao asks them by pressing buttons on its feet.

At our workshop on Saturday 9th April, visitors can have the chance to meet and interact with Nao in a 10-minute one-to-one session. Nao will start by introducing itself and greeting participants (including offering to bump fists with them) before asking initial questions like "How was your day?" to help break the ice and put participants at their ease during the session. Nao will then perform a picture task, displaying a picture on a screen and asking participants questions such as "What do you see in the picture?" and "What do you think happened after the picture?".

Please book early: places will be limited. In addition to Pepper, we will have humans in the Lab to talk about their research into how a robot can engage a person in a wellbeing practice and how it can express empathy, provide feedback, and instruct and demonstrate in a personalised way.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Adults
Format: Other
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 12
Theme: Discovery, Health
Accessibility: Lift

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