• One full Associate Professor/Professor (5 year term) in Mining Robotics
• Two tenure track Lecturers/Senior Lecturers in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
• Multiple Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Fellow positions spanning areas of fundamental research and applied industrial research and development
QUT is a highly ranked Australian University with a major program in robotics education, research and industrial applications. The robotics group at QUT comprises more than 110 staff, including 10 academic staff and 20 research fellows and engineers. QUT leads the $26M Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision (ACRV).
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Social robots working in public space often stimulate children’s curiosity. However, sometimes children also show abusive behavior toward robots. In our case studies, we observed in many cases that children persistently obstruct the robot’s activity. Some actually abused the robot by saying bad things, and at times even kicking or punching the robot. We developed a statistical model of occurrence of children’s abuse. Using this model together with a simulator of pedestrian behavior, we enabled the robot to predict the possibility of an abuse situation and escape before it happens. We demonstrated that with the model the robot successfully lowered the occurrence of abuse in a real shopping mall.
I wonder what we might learn about future adults from their behaviour towards robots as children. Full paper at http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2696468
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