Human-Robot Interaction

Research Group

The National Robotarium, Heriot-Watt University

We are a research group at Heriot-Watt University, working on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) - the interdisciplinary research area dedicated to understanding, designing, and evaluating robotic systems for use in collaboration with humans. We are based in the National Robotarium research facility, a dedicated robotic experimental space for HRI which can be booked for specific projects, experiments, and data collections.

The HRI lab of the Robotarium is a specially designed reconfigurable experimental space for studying interactions between humans and robots, including multiple sensors such as microphone arrays, motion-capture, and video cameras, and several robots including the Pepper, Furhat and TIAGo. Research in the group ranges over socially intelligent interaction with humans, instrumented interactive spaces, affective interaction, language learning, teachable robots, Natural Language interfaces, multimodal interaction, and interactive robot navigation.