Faculty members at Brown held the first symposium on human-robot interactions Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at the University’s Continuing Education facility. The day-long event brought together researchers from across the Brown community whose work could be applicable to the emerging science of robotics. “What we’re seeing is robots moving from factories and laboratories into settings where they’re working and interacting with humans,” said Chad Jenkins, associate professor of computer science and one of the organizers of the event. “Human-robot interaction is an interesting problem because it really requires an interdisciplinary approach.” The program included presentations by computer scientists, engineers, cognitive scientists, and researchers in social sciences and humanities. “It’s part of an emerging effort to capitalize on relevant research going on across the Brown community,” Jenkins said. “We’re hoping to build on that.”

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