Robots and Art

Part of the series Cognitive Science and Technology pp 379-401


Designing Robots Creatively

  • Mari VelonakiAffiliated withNSW Art & Design, The University of New South Wales Email author 
  • , David RyeAffiliated withNSW Art & Design, The University of New South Wales

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Designing robots creatively involves not only the conceptualisation and realisation of robots that can interact with humans, but demands a focus on the experience of people as they encounter and interact with the robot. This focus on interactant experience requires an understanding of the context of the interaction and the culture within which it will take place, underscoring the importance of the social sciences and creative arts to social robotics; disciplines that have a long history of studying people and their relationships to the spaces that they inhabit. Four case studies of collaborative art-robotics projects are presented to illustrate the process of designing robots creatively, with strong emphasis on creating an engaging experience for people as they interact with the robot.