Moving on from Plymouth

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So after completing my PhD and a Post-Doc at Plymouth, I have decided to move onto new and exciting challenges, and I’ve opted to make a move to industry. From the 24th November I will join Engineered Arts Ltd in Cornwall where I will be working to develop the social aspects of their robots RobotThespian and SociBot.

I’ve very much enjoyed my time here in Plymouth, and I have been very fortunate and am very proud to have worked with and learned from world-class scientists. But after 6 years here, I feel that it is time to move on.

Though this is not the end of my links to academia. Engineered Arts frequent the main Human-Robot Interaction conferences to show their robots, and so I hope to attend these conferences as part of the company and catch up with the friends and network in the HRI community. So, hope to catch you guys in HRI’15 in Portland!


My Research Featured on “The Academic Minute”

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So a little while ago (after HRI’14, and the New Scientist piece on robots and the Uncanny Valley) I was approached by a producer, Matthew Pryce, at WAMC Northwest Public Radio in New York, who invited me to record a short audio essay for a section of their radio called “The Academic Minute“. I took Matthew up on his exciting offer and eagerly set about writing and recording the essay. After about 50 takes, I had an audio recording that I was happy with, and I’m happy to say that it aired on the 28th May 2014.

You can listen to the piece here.

Enjoy! šŸ˜‰

Talks in the Universities of Lincoln and Sheffield

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Next week I’ll be in the UK Midlands giving two talks on my PhD Research into Non-Linguistic Utterances. One in the University of Lincoln (on the 7th May) where I will be hosted by Dr. Marc HanheideĀ and then at the University of Sheffield (on the 8th) hosted by Prof. Roger Moore.

A good networking opportunity and perhaps even work prospects as I’m looking for a new job (my contract with Plymouth Uni comes to an end at the end of August this year). Should be good fun! šŸ˜‰

HRI’14 in Bielefeld.

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Robin will be giving a full paper presentation on the impact that situational context has upon theĀ interpretation of Non-Linguistic Utterances at the 9th ACM/IEEE Human-Robot Interaction Conference in Bielefeld in March. He will also be showing a poster in the poster session. Give his sleeve a tug at the conference if you have any questions!