Digital Personhood:Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces (HARPS)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Psychology

Abstract

A vibrant, open and inclusive public space is central to the social and economic health of society. However, developments in digital technology have begun to undermine some aspects of a progressive public space. For example, technologies now allow us to be tracked, surveilled, profiled and socially sorted as we move through public space. At the same time there is a sense that public space has moved elsewhere. The rise of the internet and increasing digital hyperconnectivity has led some to argue that virtual connected networks (rather than physical public space) are where the public realm can now be found.

In this project, we set out to reclaim the public realm as a physical space for interaction designed to contribute to the public good. The project will enhance the public realm as a space where people can interact under the appropriate conditions of privacy and equality; where the social and economic benefits of contact are maximised, and where barriers to participation are reduced. In doing so we will create a 'model' public space that will also function as a living laboratory. We will equip the living lab with the capacity to track micro-contacts between multiple individuals in real time, and at the same time to capture and process information about the emotional and nonverbal communicative qualities of behaviours across time. In order to preserve privacy without losing critical aspects of personal interactivity we will design protocols which combine data minimization and decentralized data storage with the consensual sharing of information. This will allow us to conduct a series of experiments on the conditions under which contact in public places can produce greater social cohesion and integration. These experiments will draw on the extensive anthropological and psychological literature for the importance of behavioural synchrony for social cohesion and community relations. We will use techniques to manipulate synchronous (and asynchronous) rhythmic behavioural engagement in the public space (marching in step, tapping/clapping, waving). We will use our digitally augmented public space to derive implicit measures (such as physical proximity, remote sensing of emotional tone, physiological measures) of the effectiveness of different interventions for promoting social cohesion.

As a way of increasing access to public space we will also examine the social and technological aspects of being able to appear in public in proxy forms. In particular we will consider the challenges of having robot proxies in public spaces. We will explore the challenges of veridical robot presence 'in the wild'. We will investigate what motions and behaviours must be transferred to the proxy from the remote user, and synchronised with speech, to enable interactions. We will also conduct experiments which explore challenges around understanding trust in social settings inhabited by shared proxies. Finally, we will develop a framework for understanding the impact of privacy and anonymity in human-robot interactions.

In order to maximise the impact of the research we will engage in partnership with i-Shed in Bristol. iShed was established by Watershed (a cross artform venue and producer based in Bristol) in 2007 to produce creative technology collaborations. Together we have designed a program of impact activities to engage with creative economy SME's and micro-companies as well as artists and community representatives. Through the creation of public space events we will also seek to make an impact on public space policy and practice including governments, policy makers and regulatory bodies as well as the media.

Planned Impact

Impact on RCUK funding priorities
This proposal supports the goals of a number of funding priorities across RCUK: primarily EPSRC ambitions in both the 'Human Computer Interactions' and 'Robotics' portfolio and ESRC strategic priority 'Influencing Behaviour and Informing Interventions' identified in their delivery plan 2011-2015.

More broadly this proposal will impact on 3 areas of National Importance:
I. Privacy and and Data Protection: The EU has identified privacy and data protection as critical to realising the full potential of the digital single market, by reassuring individuals their personal data will be protected when they transact online. The proposed research will contribute to these aims both by developing a better technical understanding of building privacy-protective systems, and by developing social science knowledge about the relationship between online disclosure and trust.
II. Increasing access to public space: Two recent (2012) documents by the Department for Communities and Local Government - the 'National Planning Policy Framework' and the 'Re-imagining Urban Spaces to help Revitalise our High Streets' initiative both identify access to and interactions in public space as a key priority for the social and economic health of Britain. This proposal tackles key themes at the heart of contemporary public policy debate. We have already begun discussions with Bristol City Council about the construction of new model public spaces and about the idea of creating living labs 'in the wild'. We will continue to engage with the City Council over the research findings themselves with the aim of encouraging Bristol to become an early adopter of the privacy protocols and the public space adaptations to promote contact and social cohesion
III. Robotics: The Right Hon. George Osborne (Chancellor of Exchequer) in a speech to Royal Society (9/11/12) identified robotics as an area where Britain is a world leader - and argued that keeping Britain at the forefront of developments would be key to ensuring future economic prosperity. By bringing robots into public spaces, and carrying out a series of tightly controlled experimental studies, the project will significantly enhance that goal. We are already in conversation with several robotics companies (including Engineered Arts, ActiveMedia Robotics and Alderbran). Alderbran will nominate a representative to attend project meetings. These links will help to translate findings from the research into the robot manufacturing sector.

Impact on the creative economy
We have established a key relationship with i-Shed in Bristol. I-Shed are a well established organization with extensive experience in widening opportunities for creative engagement with technology, developing digital practice through a focus on open investigation and audiences.
Together we have designed a program of impact activities which will unfold over the course of the project and which are designed to impact on a variety of different target audiences. We will engage with creative economy SME's and micro-companies as well as artists and community representatives. Through joint projects we will develop educational and learning opportunities at community and school levels. Through the creation of public space events we will seek to impact public space policy and practice.

Impact on the academic community
Finally, and as befits a large and interdisciplinary project such as this, we will disseminate our findings through papers in academic journals and delivered at conferences. We have targeted the top conferences in psychology, HCI, privacy and security, mobile sensors and localization, affective computing and robotics and robot-human interactions. We will also publish in the top ranked journals of our sub-disciplines - and aim to produce several collaborative papers aimed at 4* cross-disciplinary publications like Science and PNAS.
 
Description The project delivered interdisciplinary and partnership working from the start - involving creative industry partners in the science from the start and integrating researchers from a diverse range of academic disciplines. The collaborative method employed over the course of the project meant that we were able to leverage the skills of the creative industry partners to do better science and to ensure maximum impact of the research and dissemination activities.

The project made significant advances in several disciplinary areas. These included developing better indoor localization capabilities; greater sophistication in remote emotion sensing; advancing understanding of trust and influence in telepresence robotics; new insights in the psychology of coordination and influence in public space.

The rich collaboration between academics and creative industry partners were synthesized in three projects which involved engagement with the public in public spaces.
Exploitation Route Many interesting research questions remain for the academic partners. The interdisciplinary collaborations which have been forged will enable those questions to be addressed in new and fruitful ways.

The creative industry partners have already begun to work the products of research into a range of digital and creative enterprises and will continue to do so

The robotics industry will be able to leverage research developments into future iterations of robot platforms
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://being-there.org.uk/
 
Description The project has worked closely with the creative and robotics industry. Technological advances in indoor localization, remote emotion sensing and telepresence robotics have been incorporated into creative industry projects, including digital games, puppetry and public space events. The project also made significant advances in understanding features of the Nao robot platform which contribute to improving usability and trust. These have implications for the development of subsequent generations of the robot platform. Through engagement with museums and creative industry showcases the project has also advanced public understanding of telepresence robotics as a tool for tackling social isolation and improving civic participation.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Content creation and consumption in the Digital Economy
Amount £1,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P025595/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 01/2020
 
Description Psychological identity in a digital world: Detecting and understanding digital traces of our psychological self
Amount £542,409 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S001409/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 06/2021
 
Description Cambridge - UPMC collaboration on human-robot itneraction 
Organisation Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I initiated the idea, the study, designed the extrovert and introvert robot personalities, designed the data acquisition protocol with the robot, designed the questionnaires and the data annotation protocol, supervised the data acquisition and annotation process, supervised the experiments and analyses, supervised the writing of the manuscript and corrected the manuscript. I initiated the collaboration idea as a theme of my invited academic visit to UPMC (France). Celiktutan is a postdoc funded by my EPSRC HARPS grant, working under my supervision in Cambridge. Celiktutan undertook the annotation process, designed the experiments and analyses, and undertook the writing of the manuscript. As stated in the publication itself, Salam and Celiktutan contributed equally to the article as first co-authors. Salam & Hupont are postdocs working under the supervision of Chetouani - my host at UPMC.
Collaborator Contribution Salam & Hupont are postdocs working under the supervision of Chetouani - my host at UPMC. As stated in the publication itself, Salam and Celiktutan contributed equally to the article as first co-authors. Salam & Hupont undertook the annotation process. Salam designed the experiments and analyses, and wrote majority of the manuscript together with Celiktutan, who is a postdoc funded by my EPSRC HARPS grant, working under my supervision in Cambridge.
Impact The following journal paper: H. Salam, O. Celiktutan, I. Hupont, H. Gunes and M. Chetouani, "Fully Automatic Analysis of Engagement and Its Relationship to Personality in Human-Robot Interactions", IEEE Access Journal, 2016 (in press) -- http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7580650/
Start Year 2015
 
Description invited research seminar on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Robot Interaction' at University of Plymouth 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Hatice Gunes gave an invited research seminar on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Robot Interaction' in University of Plymouth's Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems, on 20 January 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/robotics-neural-systems/whats-on
 
Description "Bath Taps into Science", 20 March 2015, Bath, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Bath Taps into Science is an annual Science Fair held in Bath. As in previous years, the event was held in the Founders Hall, University of Bath. Professor Danae Stanton Fraser and Dr Chris Bevan hosted a stand at the fair, demonstrating the Nao robot to school children. The full event was attended by over 500 year 6-9 school children, teachers and parents.

Bath's stand at the Bath Taps event has been successful in securing ongoing collaborations and research partnerships with local schools in recent years.

No impact at this time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bath.ac.uk/math-sci/extracurricular/bathtaps/previous-year/schools-fair.html
 
Description "Grow a Better Brain community science day" @ Mead Community Primary School, 17 May 2014, Trowbridge. UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Chris Bevan hosted a stand at the Mead Community Primary School Grow a Better Brain science and technology day on 17 May. Dr Bevan brought the Nao robot and demonstrated its skills (movement, speech and vision) to 1,000+ children, teachers and parents. The children were invited to suggest a name for the robot and to talk about what they thought the robot was and what it was capable of. The invitation to this engagement event followed from a contact at the Bath Taps into Science event held in March 2014. The event also featured stands from Qinetic and Airbus among others.

Nao and the Bath team are featured on press relating to the event:
http://growabetterbrain.wordpress.com/gallery/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WYF3rmG7NU
http://www.themead.wilts.sch.uk/wilts/primary/themead
http://www.bath.ac.uk/psychology/news/news_0059.html
http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/inyourtown/trowbridgenews/11223734.Family_fun_at_Trowbridge_school_s_science_and_technology_day

Nao and the Bath team are featured on press relating to the event:
http://growabetterbrain.wordpress.com/gallery/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WYF3rmG7NU
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WYF3rmG7NU
 
Description "Happilee" project: University of Oxford team collaborated with award-winning interactive digital experience designers, and developed an engaging public research event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Field testing new localisation technology using gamification. In the "Happilee" collaborative research project, the team from the University of Oxford and award-winning interactive digital experience designers (http://panstudio.co.uk/) developed and ran an engaging free public research event - where they placed sensor-transmitters in public spaces, enabling players to explore the space via a robot-centred game to field test a pioneering indoor/outdoor tracking system.
This event "sold-out", and received much positive feedback from participants, and also further media attention.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://being-there.org.uk/blog/18/07/2016/happilee-live-event
 
Description "Pint of Science", 19-21 May 2014, Bath, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "Pint of Science" is an annual science festival that takes some of the world's best scientific researchers travel to pubs across the UK to discuss their latest findings with the public. In 2014 the festival ran from the 19-21 May in collaboration with 14 leading UK universities and institutions and in 44 pubs across 8 different U.K. cities (sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry). Professor Danae Stanton Fraser and Dr Chris Bevan (University of Bath) delivered an interactive demonstration as part of the 'Are Friends Electric' themed event on 21 May 2014 at The Bell Inn, 103 Walcot St, Bath, BA1 5BW. Prof. Stanton Fraser presented face to face with the audience whilst Dr Bevan participated via the Nao robot tele-presently. The interactive talk outlined the work that Prof Stanton Fraser and Dr Bevan are exploring. A recording of the event can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8rxM9oUC3s

Subsequent to attending the talk, Lauren Barnes, a Psychology undergraduate at Bath elected to spend her placement year working in the CREATE laboratory. Lauren will be assisting Chris Bevan on current / future Being There project studies. Several audience members have subsequently participated in Being There experimental studies conducted at Bath. Dr. Bevan was also approached to give a talk on social robotics to students at the Bath College.

Press relating to the Pint of Science:
http://www.pintofscience.com/
http://www.pintofscience.com/#!bath-weds-brain/c1ydx
http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2014/04/28/pint-of-science/


•Nao and the Bath team are featured on press relating to the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8rxM9oUC3s

•Subsequent to attending our talk at Pint of Science, Lauren Barnes, a Psychology undergraduate at Bath elected to spend her placement year working in the CREATE laboratory. Lauren will be assisting Chris Bevan on current / future Being There project studies.

•Several audience members have subsequently participated in Being There studies conducted at Bath.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.pintofscience.com/#!bath-weds-brain/c1ydx
 
Description "Puppet Presence" project: University of Bath and Bristol Robotics Lab teams collaborated with creative roboticists and puppeteers, and developed an engaging public research event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact What can social robotics research learn from the art of puppetry? The "Puppet Presence" collaborative research project brought together internationally renowned puppeteers and creative roboticists (http://rustysquid.org.uk/) with the teams at the University of Bath and Bristol Robotics Laboratory to develop and run an engaging free public research event - exploring the mechanics of movement and gesture in human-robot interaction.
This event "sold-out", and received much positive feedback from participants, and also further media attention.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2016
URL http://being-there.org.uk/blog/24/06/2016/puppet-presence-live-event
 
Description "Transference" project: University of Exeter and Cambridge teams collaborated with award-winning choreographers, and developed an engaging public research event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Using rhythm and light to investigate the transference of emotion in public spaces. In the "Transference" collaborative research project, internationally award-winning choreographers (www.guerilladanceproject.com/), the team from the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge, developed and ran an engaging free public research event - where they used wearable sensors, motion tracking, and dance to investigated how emotion and action spread within crowds.
This event "sold-out", and received much positive feedback from participants, many requests for more similar events to run, and also further media attention.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/7400/transference
 
Description A live interactive event titled "Teach Me Emotional Intelligence" as part of the Wellcome Collections' Friday Late Spectacular Body Language Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a live demonstration and interaction of "Teach Me Emotional Intelligence" as part of the Wellcome Collections' Friday Late Spectacular Body Language Event on 4 November 2016 (19:00-23:00) in Euston, London. The event was advertised as "Meet Emo". The live interaction took place in the Viewing Room under the category of 'Social robotics'. The visitors were invited to meet Emo, a playful humanoid robot and help Emo develop emotional intelligence by displaying facial and bodily gestures for Emo to learn to recognise, creating ways to analyse human nonverbal behaviour. Emo challenged visitors to a game of rock-paper-scissors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://wellcomecollection.org/sites/default/files/Body%20Language%20programme.pdf
 
Description Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Computer-Robot Interactions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In June 2017 I was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Information Technology at Uppsala University, Sweden that granted me funding as part of their Visiting Female Researcher Scheme for Gender Equality. The invited seminar took place as part of this visit on 12 June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Analysis of Affect and Personality for Autonomous and Telepresence Robotics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an invited talk at the 2017 Workshop on The Emerging Social Neuroscience of Human-Robot Interaction taking place in Bangor University, Wales, UK on 17 August 2017. The aim of this workshop was to bring together individuals working within and across a range of disciplines to discuss the latest findings, current challenges and exciting possibilities in human-robot interaction. Together, we explored social robotics questions using an interdisciplinary lens and discussed several of the major themes attracting increased research attention in this emerging field, from the technical and theoretical foundations of social robotics to the neural mechanisms and developmental and clinical implications of human-robot interactions. Students and researchers from social and developmental psychology, social neuroscience, artificial intelligence, law, virtual reality and robotics attended this small-scale meeting of diverse minds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.so-bots.com/workshop/
 
Description Bath Taps into Science, 19-23 March 2014, Bath. UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact "Bath Taps into Science" is an annual public science fair held in Bath. This year the event was held in the Founders Hall, University of Bath. Professor Danae Stanton Fraser and Dr Chris Bevan hosted a stand at the schools fair on 21 March and presented the Nao robot to school children (KS 2+3). The full event was attended by +500 year 6-11 school children, teachers and parents. Dr Bevan demonstrated the abilities of the Nao robot, including movement, speech and vision.

As a result of the participation at this event, the project members at Bath received an invitation from Mead Community Primary School in Trowbridge to host a stand at their community science day on 17 May 2014.

As a result of the participation at this Bath Taps into Science event, the project members at Bath received an invitation from Mead Community Primary School in Trowbridge to take part in their community science day on 17 May 2014. The project members from Bath went along to the community science day with the Nao robot.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2014/03/26/bath-taps-2014/
 
Description Being There Creative Lab, Pervasive Media Studio / Watershed Bristol, 15-18 June 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event was a Four day creative lab which was attended by 20 academic researchers (from the project institutions) and 10 creatives (from Watershed). Three days of intensive collaborative working between academics and creatives in public space resulted in a public demonstration (in the café of Watershed) of the work produced. Total audience of 45 (including the public and our academics and creatives) plus 60 viewers watching a live stream of the demonstrations via Periscope.

Videos of the demonstrations of the activities are available via the Being There project YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEM5ziLYmv8mZH-xFuJEZgw
The event was recorded on Storify and has to date had 40 views: https://storify.com/BeingThere/being-there-lab-at-watershed

Resultant of the workshop, several concrete plans were made for future related activity, involving partnerships between researchers and creatives. The workshop led directly to Bath partnering with puppeteer David McGoran for ongoing research relating to robot eye design and eye movement.


No impacts outside the project team at this stage. However, within the project team there were lots of new collaborations born during this event. The teams of creative and academics have gone on to work together on small projects which will be used as part of our project deliverables at our public space event in Spring 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.being-there.org.uk/blog/30/06/2015/being-there-lab-summary
 
Description Being There featured in Exeter City Council Tech Industry press release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Being There featured in Exeter City Council press release about technology incubators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.exeterchamber.co.uk/blog/2016/11/17/incubators-multiply-as-exeter-s-tech-industry-soars
 
Description Being There project has received coverage over Instagram via #beingthere 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Being There project has received coverage over Instagram via #beingthere - e.g.:
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKS5BdvDQxB/?tagged=beingthere
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKSkdcpgOBB/?tagged=beingthere
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKS5jlTgkKy/?tagged=beingthere
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKS5TYCgIYO/?tagged=beingthere
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKSn7IjjTOD/?tagged=beingthere
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKSnkUbjcA0/?tagged=beingthere
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKTPOZ9gWSH/?tagged=beingthere
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKSldFEA_vj/?tagged=beingthere&hl=en
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKTSlgaBs_h/?tagged=beingthere
• https://www.instagram.com/p/BKTKCQZAp1y/?tagged=beingthere
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Being There public end of project Showcase event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project hosted a day-long free public event - celebrating all the work conducted over the 3 years of the project. All the academic team(s) came together with creative industry practitioners to showcase the diverse collaborations, and engage the public through a series of Being There talks demos and activities.
The event "sold-out" (150 ticket-holders) and received much positive media coverage and responses from those who attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/7442/humans-and-robots-in-public-space
 
Description Being There research presented as part of EU Robotics Week in Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. Paul Bremner presented Being There research to over 100 members of the public at an event held at the MShed (museum of Bristol), on 24th November 2014, as part of EU Robotics Week in Bristol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/robots-society-night-demonstrations-debate-tickets-19204942500#
 
Description Being There research presented as part of the BBC "Make it Digital" tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. Paul Bremner presented Being There research to the public, at Bristol Harbour Festival on 18th July 2015, as part of the BBC "Make it Digital" tour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2015
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1n782BnBGChcwqW45FBmgFB/make-it-digital-tour
 
Description Being There was featured on BBC Points West news, 13/09/17 (lunchtime, evening and late shows) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Being There was featured on BBC Points West news, 13/09/17 (lunchtime, evening and late shows): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07tbkhs
o Evening show (from around 14 minutes): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07tbkhs/points-west-evening-news-13092016
o Late show (from around 7 minutes): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07tbkhv/points-west-late-news-13092016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07tbkhs/points-west-evening-news-13092016
 
Description Bristol Mini Maker Faire held at @Bristol on 22 August 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Project members from the Bristol Robotics Lab (Paul Bremner and Peter Gibbons) and the University of Exeter (Miriam Koschate-Reis) attended the Mini Maker Faire. The BRL team brought their NAO robot to the event and visitors were able to talk to each other via the NAO robot using remote presence and communication. NAO was able to copy its controller's arm and head motion (using a Microsoft Kinect), and relay sound (using headphones) and vision (using an Oculus Rift), so the controller had embodied communication.

The results were many informal discussions with members of the public (mainly families and young children) about the technology behind remote presence and the possibilities of using robots for remote presence communication.

We had many requests for further opportunities to 'meet' the other robot platforms that will be used during our research. We shared details of our website and some people signed up to our mailing list.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.being-there.org.uk/blog/26/08/2015/public-engagment-bristol-mini-maker-faire
 
Description Collaborative project on "Robot Puppetry": BRL, Bath and Rusty Squid 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Bevan, Paul Bremner and puppeteer David McGoran (Rusty Squid, Bristol U.K) developed a 3-month collaborative project examining how robotics design can be informed from the skill of puppetry. New hardware for controlling the NAO robot through direct manipulation will be developed and evaluated as part of this collaboration.

The collaboration has identified a significant amount of new research ideas and enabled an advanced use of the NAO robot that was previously unavailable. A large impact upon future work and potential follow-up collaboration is anticipated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Computational Analysis of Affect and Personality: From Empathic Architecture to Empathic Robots? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I was a keynote speaker and panellist at the symposium on Empathic Technologies at the DesignLab at the University of Twente, on the 19th of May, 2017. During the symposium researchers from different backgrounds presented their perspectives and work together towards a roadmap for empathic technologies design. The event included a lively and inspiring interaction between participants, with a mix of keynotes, short stimulus presentations, interactive sessions and a panel discussion. Empathic Computing research aims at utilizing ICT to design systems that unobtrusively detect negative affective states and act upon them in order to relieve the user in a way comparable to fellow humans. 4TU. NIRICT project was funded by the Dutch government to enable bringing together Empathic Computing researchers interested in generating new knowledge in the fields of affective computing, computer vision, user modeling, sensors, wearables, internet of things, human-computer/robot/media interaction and ambient intelligence, towards the creation of empathic, caring systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://empathiclighting3tu.wordpress.com/4tu-nirict-2017-symposium-speakers/
 
Description Creative in residence, University of Bath CREATE lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Puppeteer and animatronics expert David McGoran (Rusty Squid, Bristol U.K) joined Chris Bevan at the CREATE lab (Univ. Bath) for a one week intensive collaboration around robot eye design. The collaboration identified a number of new research activities and led directly to the design of an experimental study of shared attention with robots. A longer term research and development partnership with David McGoran developed from this initial collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Demonstration, workshop & presentation at Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition conference 2015 (4th - 8th May 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 1) Demo presentation; 2) Workshop organisation/Paper presentation

1) Project members Hatice Gunes and Oya Celiktutan (QMUL) presented a demonstration of their work at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition. The demo paper 'Let me Tell You about Your Personality! Real-time Personality Prediction from Nonverbal Behavioural Cues' by Oya Celiktutan, Evangelos Sariyanidi & Hatice Gunes received coverage on Slovenian national TV http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/prispevki-in-izjave-slov enska-kronika/174334071 and http://www.24ur.com/novice/slovenija/roboti-ki-zaz navajo-bolezni-znacaje-ljudi.html
2) Project member Hatice Gunes organised an one-day workshop on "Emotion Representation, Analysis and Synthesis in Continuous Time and Space". Wenxuan Mou also presented her paper on "Group-level Arousal and Valence Recognition from Static Images: Face, Body and Context" by Wenxuan Mou, Oya Celiktutan and Hatice Gunes.

These activities also resulted in an invitation to collaborate with the Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique in Paris, France (ISIR: http://www.isir.upmc.fr/) where Hatice Gunes and Oya Celiktutan then worked for the month of June 2015. This collaborative work resulted in a journal paper (ongoing).


The demonstration received a lot of interest from media as well as international researchers that work in the area of face and gesture recognition, social robotics and affective computing.
http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/prispevki-in-izjave-slov enska-kronika/174334071
http://www.24ur.com/novice/slovenija/roboti-ki-zaz navajo-bolezni-znacaje-ljudi.html
The project has also become known internationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.fg2015.org/
 
Description Dr Chris Bevan Presentation to UG Computer Science students at the City of Bath College, 20 October 2014, Bath. UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Chris Bevan was invited to talk about his work on the Being There project to undergraduate Computer Science students at the City of Bath College on Monday 20 October 2014. Dr Bevan discussed the technical and psychological challenges (and opportunities) of human-robot interaction as a research topic and a future career opportunity to around 90 students.

The talk was very well received by staff and students at the college. The following quote was received from Bath College's head of department for Engineering, Construction and Computing: "We recently invited Dr Chris Bevan to The City of Bath College as a guest lecturer. Chris delivered an inspirational session on robot and research to our Foundation Degree and BSc Honours Computing students. The feedback from the students on the talk was excellent. Chris' session has prompted them to ask many interesting questions about robots, technology, research and equipment used to date. On behalf of the college, I would like it to be recorded that Chris did a great session and as such must be congratulated. We hope his next talk is as successful as the one he gave here".

Several students have since contacted Chris directly about participation in future studies, strengthening links between College and University.

•The talk was very well received by staff and students at the college. The following quote was received from Bath College's head of department for Engineering, Construction and Computing: We recently invited Dr Chris Bevan to The City of Bath College as a guest lecturer. Chris delivered an inspirational session on robot and research to our Foundation Degree and BSc Honours Computing students. The feedback from the students on the talk was excellent. Chris' session has prompted them to ask many i
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Guest speaker, Science club, St. John's Catholic Primary School, Bath. 28/01/2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Chris Bevan hosted a 1.5 hr science club with 21 6-11 year old school children around the theme of future social robotics. The NAO robot was demonstrated and presented to the children in the context of other real-life robots. The children were encouraged to ask questions and to consider what they thought the robot was, and how robots might fit into their lives in the future.

The session was very well received by the students and parents, with very positive feedback received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hatice Gunes was interviewed by BBC Click, aired on the BBC World Service. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hatice Gunes was interviewed by BBC Click, aired on the BBC World Service, 20/09/16 (Dr. Gunes is feature at 12.30-20 minutes).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047p4dp
 
Description IEEE 802 plenary tutorial session, 14 July 2014, San Diego USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Piers O'Hanlon (University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute) and his international collaborators Juan Carlos Zuniga (InterDigital), Ted Hardie (Google), Alissa Cooper (Cisco) and Lily Chen (NIST) carried out an area of work devising privacy enhancements to link layer protocols such that they make it harder to use them for user location and identification. A presentation was given at the IEEE plenary forum session, in July 2014, on 'Pervasive Surveillance of Internet - Designing Privacy into Internet Protocols'.
http://www.ieee802.org/Tutorials.shtml#Tutorials_1407


Led to formation of IEEE 802 EC Privacy Recommendation Study Group and subsequently to the approval of creation of IEEE project P802E - Recommended Practice for Privacy Considerations for IEEE 802 Technologies.
http://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/802E.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ieee802.org/Tutorials.shtml#Tutorials_1407
 
Description Invited talk - Affect and Personality in Robots vs. Humans 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at the 2017 Conference of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence in Cambridge, UK on 13 July 2017. This one day symposium explored the impact that narratives and portrayals of AI are having on the technology itself and the way it is perceived. It asked how much the myths resemble the reality, and where they diverge. And it asked what forces were driving these stories, and what happens when they collide.This symposium was part of CFI and the Royal Society's AI Narratives project. It built on earlier events examining prevalent narratives, and asking what lessons can be learnt from the communication of other new, complex technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://lcfi.ac.uk/news-events/events/Conference2017/
 
Description Invited to present the Being There project at the EPSRC Robotics, Automation & Artificial Intelligence (RAAI) Theme Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact PI, Mark Levine was invited to present the Being There project at the EPSRC Robotics, Automation & Artificial Intelligence (RAAI) Theme Day, 31/01/17.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Journal paper featured on the "Frontiers in Psychology" journal's Facebook page 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "Frontiers in Psychology" journal paper - "Iconic Gestures for Robot Avatars, Recognition and Integration with Speech" by Paul Bremner and Ute Leonards, 17th February 2016 http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00183/full) - featured on the Frontiers in Psychology Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Frontiersin/photos/a.98097453753.87051.95775573753/10153984566693754/?type=3&theater
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/Frontiersin/photos/a.98097453753.87051.95775573753/10153984566693754/?type=...
 
Description Keynote talk on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Computer-Robot Interactions' at the 6th Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop (AVEC 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Hatice Gunes gave an invited keynote talk titled 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Computer-Robot Interactions' at the 6th Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop (AVEC 2016) organised in conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 16 October 2016. The purpose of the invitation and the talk was to expose the participants to research topics that would be somewhat outside their area of expertise and the scope of the workshop - personality computing and human-robot interaction. The audience was very engaged, asking questions about HRI and providing suggestions. This keynote talk led to Dr Hatice Gunes being invited to give other seminars and talks on similar topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2988257.2988271
 
Description Live Demo at the IEEE Automaitc Face and Gesture Recognition Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact We had a live demo with NAO robot at the IEEE Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Participants interacted with the robot, one at a time, answering questions about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The system then predicted their personality based on the way they were interacting with the robot.
This live demo received a lot of attention by the Slovenian media, both national radio and TV, as well as other conference participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/prispevki-in-izjave-slovenska-kronika/174334071
 
Description Live interaction with Emo and demonstration of "Teach Me Emotional Intelligence" - At Bristol Science Center's Robot Encounters Season 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Live interaction with a small humanoid robot called Emo and live demonstration of "Teach Me Emotional Intelligence" At Bristol Science Center's Robot Encounters Season (7 August 2016) through the Meet the Experts event. Young adults and kids accompanied by a guardian interacted with Emo (small humanoid robot) live. The robot played two interactive games with the children, Teach Me Emotional Intelligence Game and the Rock-Paper-Scissors Game. For majority of the visitors it was the first time that they ever interacted with a robot - i.e., sitting in front of a robot, talking to a robot, producing facial expressions, and playing games with a robot.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Mark Levine's article in The Conversation was also published by QUARTZ 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mark Levine wrote an article entitled "How to win friends and influence people - using robots" (originally for The Conversation), discussing the project topic and our work, which was also published by QUARTZ (https://qz.com/).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://qz.com/781987/how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people-using-robots/
 
Description Mark Levine's article was published in The Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mark Levine wrote an article for The Conversation, entitled "How to win friends and influence people - using robots", discussing the project topic and our work.
Further media attention, articles etc. followed; for example, the article was translated into German: http://www.netzpiloten.de/freunde-menschen-hilfe-robotern/?doing_wp_cron=1485279245.2977669239044189453125
and further German interest followed, e.g. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Netzpiloten/status/781516896789200896?cn=bWVudGlvbg%3D%3D&refsrc=email
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2016
URL https://theconversation.com/how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people-using-robots-65250
 
Description One-day lecture on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing' with hands-on group activities at the Visum 2016 Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Hatice Gunes gave an one-day lecture on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing' with hands-on group activities at the Visum 2016 Summer School on 7 July 2016. Visum 2016 was the 4th VISion Understanding and Machine intelligence (visum) Summer School that targeted to gather at Universidade do Porto, Portugal, Ph.D. candidates, Post-Doctoral scholars and researchers from academia and industry with research interests in computer vision and machine intelligence. Considering the existing gap between the most fundamental concepts of computer vision and their application in real world scenarios, the realisation of visum school seeked to bridge these two key domains. By creating an expert multicultural environment, visum school aimed to foster junior researchers' awareness of computer vision topics, as well as to enhance all attendees' knowledge regarding the state of the art, provided by leading international experts on the field. Visum comprised three main tracks: fundamental, industrial and application topics, each one with extensive practical `hands-on' sessions. The goal was to enable questioning and cross-fertilization of ideas through being exposed to multidisciplinary topics and tasks, potentially leading to significant breakthroughs in the development of the theses of the student participants. Participants reported that this was indeed their experience during the summer school.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://visum.inesctec.pt/visum-2016-4th-edition/#1479315639507-7900b722-1060
 
Description Oxford London Lecture 2014, 18 March 2014, London UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Ian Brown (University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute) presented at the Oxford London Lecture 2014. His talk was titled Keeping our secrets? Shaping internet technologies for the public good. The event was organised by the University of Oxford, and wasn't a project event, however Prof Brown's presentation included a mention of our project and it's aims. The talk produced a large amount of press coverage, mainly for the University of Oxford and Prof Brown, but also some for the project. See in particular the Telegraph Online: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10665140/UK-researchers-investigate-robots-that-can-keep-secrets.html
http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2014/140305.html

Prof Brown's lecture led to media interest in the research he is working on in the Being There project. The Telegraph wrote the following article:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10665140/UK-researchers-investigate-robots-that-can-keep-secrets.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/The-University-Year/Oxford-London-Lecture
 
Description Paul Bremner took-part in the Resolution Robotics conference hosted by David Willets in the Lodon Science Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paul Bremner demoed his avatar system at the "Resolution Robotics" conference, hosted by David Willets, in the Lodon Science Museum on Monday 4 July 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/events/resolution-foundation-robotics-conference/
 
Description Paul Bremner was an invited speaker at the Workshop on the Future of Social Robotics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paul Bremner was an invited speaker at the Workshop on the Future of Social Robotics, held at the University of Oxford, on 2nd June 2016 - where he presented "Humanoid Robots as Physical Avatars for Telecommunication".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://roijers.info/srworkshop.html
 
Description Pepper robot has public debut at the Being There public Showcase event, attracting much media and public attention to Being There. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Pepper robot has public debut at the Being There public Showcase event, attracting much media and public attention to Being There. For example:
• GWS Robotics | http://www.gwsrobotics.com/blog/pepper-makes-public-appearance-being-there-showcase
• Bristol Business News | http://bit.ly/2c9i08u
• South West Business | http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/regions/bristol/pepper-the-robot-is-not-to-be-sneezed-at--says-bristol-digital-marketing-company-30082016153025/
• 365 Bristol | http://365bristol.com/story/2016/09/06/humanoid-robot-set-to-go-public-in-bristol/2786/
• Business Leader | http://www.businessleader.uk.com/emotional-robot-make-debut-bristol/22662/
• Bristol Post, Business News, 31/08/16
• Twitter - BBC Radio Bristol (over 30,000 followers)| https://twitter.com/bbcrb/status/775374916828921857
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Peter Gibbons is contributing to the BRL team presenting at Robots vs Animals at Bristol Zoo, ongoing Nov 14 - April 15, Bristol UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Robots v Animals is series of three 20 min presentations to a class of year 9 school children as part of their lesson whilst visiting Bristol zoo. Peter Gibbons (BRL) will present how gesturing is used by both robots and animals as a form of non-verbal communication.
Robots vs Animals runs interactive sessions for Years 8 or 9 at Bristol Zoo as part of their Education Centre provision for schools. In each one-hour session, students learn how animals are the inspiration for new technologies - biomimetics and bio-inspiration. Incorporated into each session is the chance to interact with live animals and state-of-the-art robots from the Bristol Robotics Lab - from touch sensors based on rodent whiskers to electricity production inspired by digestion processes. Students will gain first-hand insight into the scientific processes of research, developing prototypes and experimentation. The sessions will be co-led by BRL robotics engineers and Zoo education officers. Together, they will bring to life the connections between diverse scientific disciplines. They can show students how robotics research is being applied to solve real-world problems such as finding clean energy sources and better surgical tools. The sessions have just started and will continue to run until April 2015.
http://robotsvsanimals.net/
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/research/sciencecommunicationunit/projecthighlights/robotsvsanimals.aspx


No notable impact at this stage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://robotsvsanimals.net/
 
Description Peter Gibbons presentation at Fire Tech Camp summer school, August 2014, Bristol UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Peter Gibbons presented a 45 minute talk to approximately 25 children between the ages of 9 to 17 years old at the Bristol Fire Tech Camp which develops creativity, innovation and technology skills during a week long summer camp. The talk covered an introduction to robotics, the research conducted at Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the Being There project. http://www.firetechcamp.com/


No notable impacts at this time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.firetechcamp.com/
 
Description Press release and press coverage RE: "'Shaking Hands and Cooperation in Tele-present Human-Robot Negotiation", May 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Coinciding with Chris Bevan and Danae Stanton Fraser's attendance at the HRI'15 conference in Portland USA on 2-5 March 2015, a press release was issued by the University of Bath to highlight their research. Chris and Danae received Best Enabling Experimental Studies Award at the conference for their paper 'Shaking Hands and Cooperation in Tele-present Human-Robot Negotiation'. http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/news/2015/05/11/why -shaking-hands-matters-even-when-it's-virtual/

The research was presented in full articles within the Telegraph, the Independent and the Daily Mail. Online outlets also covered the story, including Yahoo News and Techie News:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-ne ws/11595806/Why-shaking-hands-is-still-a-big-deal. html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/handshak es-so-effective-at-building-trust-during-business- negotiations-that-they-work-even-when-one-of-the-p arties-is-a-robot-10240161.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3075823/Sh aking-hands-makes-better-deals-say-scientists-s-cold-metal-grip-NAO-robot.html https://uk.news.yahoo.com/why-handshake-still-big- deal-230137568.html#8qkuMoI
http://www.techienews.co.uk/9730740/shaking-hands- affects-the-outcome-of-a-competitive-negotiation-research-finds/ http://marketbusinessnews.com/shaking-hands-can-clinch-that-deal-even-with-a-robot/59916
http://www.oneindia.com/feature/lot-can-happen-over-shaking-hands-say-scientists-1743093.html
https://theconversation.com/why-you-should-always-shake-hands-with-a-robot-41731

From the information on the Telegraph website, the article was shared on facebook 78 times, on twitter 173 times, linkedin 154 times and shared on other social media 404 times. Information on the Independent website shows there were 270 shares, and the Daily Mail shows there were 45 shares.

The Bath University press release drew the attention of other media outlets and the research was presented in articles published in the international and national media including the Telegraph, the Independent, the Daily Mail and in online outlets such as Yahoo News and Techie News.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11595806/Why-shaking-hands-is-still-a-big-deal.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/handshakes-so-effective-at-building-trust-during-business-negotiati
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/news/2015/05/11/why-shaking-hands-matters-even-when-it's-virtual/
 
Description Project members filmed taking-part in BBC initiative to get kids into STEM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr. Paul Bremner and Peter Gibbons took-part in, and were filmed, as part of a BBC initiative to get kids into STEM (launched 7 July 2015).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.teentech.com/make-it-digital/robotics/
 
Description Project press release (Initial - December 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A project wide press release was issued in December 2013 to highlight the aims of the project. The release was picked up by a number of outlets including Times Higher Education, Financial Times (weekend), The Washington Post, AZ of Robotics, Bath Chronicle, University Business, Western Morning News, Western Daily Press, Electronics Weekly, EurekAlert, Exeter Express and Echo.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2013/12/31/turning-robots-into-surrogates-for-homebound-senior-citizens/
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ec12addc-6c2a-11e3-a216-00144feabdc0.html

The 'Spectrum' programme on DW Radio interviewed the PI of the grant (Levine) for a programme aired on 3 March 2014 (9826142A_2-podcast-1953-17455529.mp3).

We received a couple of emails from members of the public who were interested in the research and wanted to know when our public space trials were planned because they were keen to come and meet the robots. The enquiries were not directly linked to the research we are working on, they were interested in other research (into autism) using robots.
We received several enquiries from the media who wished to write about the project.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2013/12/31/turning-robots-into-surrogates-for-homebound-senior-citizens/
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ec12addc-6c2a-11e3-a216-00144feabdc0.html

The 'Spectrum' programme on DW Radio interviewed Professor Mark Levine (Exeter) and Dr Paul Bremner (BRL) for a programme aired on 3 March 2014 (9826142A_2-podcast-1953-17455529.mp3).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ec12addc-6c2a-11e3-a216-00144feabdc0.html
 
Description Project sponsored workshop @ IROS2015, 28 September 2015, Hamburg Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The project teams at Bath, BRL and QML proposed, organised and delivered a full day workshop at the 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (28 September - 2 October 2015, Hamburg, Germany). The workshop 'Designing and Evaluating Social Robots for Public Settings' was held on Monday 28 September and was fully attended. Four members of our project were responsible for organising the event: Chris Bevan (Bath), Paul Bremner (BRL), Danaë Stanton Fraser (Bath) and Hatice Gunes (QMUL). The objective of this full day workshop was to bring together a multidisciplinary group of researchers to identify and address key challenges to the future study of social robotics in both lab and field. The workshop attracted 10 full paper submissions and included three international guest speakers. Full details of the workshop are available here: http://iros15-desrps.chrisbevan.co.uk.

Three keynote speakers were invited and attended: Prof. Hideaki Kuzuoka (University of Tsukuba, Japan), Dr. Astrid Weiss (Vienna University of Technology, Austria) and Prof. Laurel Riek (University of Notre Dame, USA).

IROS is a large and respected international conference on robotics. Our workshop was very well attended.

No impacts at this time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://iros15-desrps.chrisbevan.co.uk/
 
Description QMUL Electronic Engineering and Computer Science annual research showcase, 22/04/2015, London UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Hatice Gunes, Oya Celiktutan and Evangelos Sariyanidi (QMUL) took part in the research showcase and demonstrated their real time personality prediction system with the aid of a Nao robot.
Our demo drew a lot of interest especially from students. Project Member Hatice Gunes submitted a UK Innovation Proposal titled 'Sensing Feeling' with a company that attended the event and saw Hatice Gunes's presentation and the demo.
The proposed project has been funded (~500K) for two years, and is due to start in April 2016, with Hatice Gunes being a project Co-I.

The demonstration drew a lot of interest especially from students. Project Member Hatice Gunes submitted a UK Innovation Proposal with a company that attended the event and saw Hatice Gunes's presentation and the demo. The proposal passed the first stage, and a full proposal was submitted in September 2015. They are waiting for results.
The project has also become known locally at QMUL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUzc7oU7-H4
 
Description QMUL Research Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I gave lightning talk at EECS 2015 Research Showcase at Queen Mary University of London on 22 Apr. 2015 titled Machine Understanding of Human Social Signals. The talk explained the methodologies we developed to make humanoid robots understand the expressions and personality of the people they interact with.
We had a live demo at the foyer, where participants could interact with a NAO robot and see for themselves their personality as predicted by the system.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/research-showcase-2015/demonstrations
 
Description Research study conducted as part of "Meet the Expert" public event at @Bristol science centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. Paul Bremner, Dr. Miriam Koschate-Reis and Dr. Huseyin Cakal conducted a research study as part of the "Meet the Expert" event at @Bristol science centre on the 23rd and 24th January 2016.
The event performed the dual project purpose of both dissemination activity and a research activity - over 100 members of the public directly participated and many more observed. The team received many requests for further information, and gave-out a total of 29 project business cards to interested individual members of the public.
The team also received good feedback from the organisers and interest in running further experiments over summer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.at-bristol.org.uk/event/meet-expert-being-there
 
Description SecureComm 2014 - 10th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communications Networks, 24-26 September 2014, Beijing China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Piers O'Hanlon (University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute) and his collaborators Dr Joss Wright (University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute) , T. de Souza, Professor Ian Brown (University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute) worked on some security mechanisms for sensor devices that may be used for control and management of robots and their environments. This work takes the form of a security protocol that was accepted for publication at SecureComm14 conference.
P. O'Hanlon, J. Wright, T. de Souza, I. Brown, KEMF: Key Management for Federated Sensor Networks
This paper will be published in Proceedings of SecureComm (details to follow). The presentation given by Piers O'Hanlon on 26 September 2014 (Day 3) at 14:30 - 15:00 in the Doctoral Symposium Session 1.
http://securecomm.org/2014/show/program-preliminary
http://piersohanlon.com/papers/kemf.SECURECOMM14.pdf

Not aware of any impact at this time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://securecomm.org/2014/show/program-preliminary
 
Description Sensing for Social Human-Robot Interaction 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an invited talk at the Sensors Day 2017 that took place on 20 October 2017 in Robinson College, Cambridge as part of the Sensors CDT. Sensors Day 2017 showcased highlights of sensor research and applications from all areas of science and technology. The diverse set of speakers covered the nano, micro and macro scale of sensing, from nanotechnology to humans and robots.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://cdt.sensors.cam.ac.uk/events/sensors-day-2017
 
Description Society for Computers and Law (SCL) Technology Law Futures Forum 2014, 26 June 2014, London UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Joss Wright (Oxford Internet Institute) gave a presentation to the SCL Technology Law Futures Forum 2014. The title of the forum was 'Understanding and influencing the future of technology law' and Joss presented within a session titled 'Personal Robots'. Joss spoke about our project to an audience of IT lawyers. Prof Ian Brown (Oxford Internet Institute) was chair of the session titled 'Regulating Robots'.
Dr Wright's presentation can be listened to as a podcast: http://www.scl.org/site.aspx?i=we37745


Not aware of any impacts at this time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.scl.org/site.aspx?i=we37745
 
Description Socio-emotional Human-Robot Interaction 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A one-day interdisciplinary scientific meeting covering Robotics in its different aspects and its varied applications. This event was organised as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/whatson/detail.shtml?uid=6206a9f7-edab-47bd-9699-2d75c249753e
 
Description Storify.com blog about the Being There public Showcase event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Storify.com blog about the Being There public Showcase event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://storify.com/BeingThere/showcase2016
 
Description Storify.com blog about the Being There week-long project lab'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Storify.com blog about the Being There public Showcase event - this EPSRC funded project brings together five teams of researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Bath, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. In addition the researchers are working with a diverse range of creative practitioners to add nuance and a disruptive element to the project. A range of artists, designers and game makers all of whom work with technology are collaborating throughout the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://storify.com/BeingThere/being-there-lab-at-watershed
 
Description TEDx talk on Being There research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. Paul Bremner presented Being There research at TedX Bristol, at Colston Hall on 23rd November 2015, of the research undertaken in the Being There project.
Directly disseminated to the public - talk attendance was approx. 1800, and the video of the presentation is also available online, with currently over 900 views:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cNy8JbpDlE
It also resulted in several pieces of media coverage:
http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/sectors/digital-and-hitech/17112015113537-opinion--robots-are-the-future----and-bristol-will-be-leading-the-revolution/
http://www.thestateofthearts.co.uk/features/tedxbristol-2015/
http://techspark.co/spotlight-on-bob-the-first-humanoid-robot-avatar-to-present-at-a-ted-talk/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-li/exclusive-the-man-behind-_b_8626564.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cNy8JbpDlE
 
Description TechSpark included a feature article on the Being There project, our work, and public Showcase event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TechSpark included a feature article (06/09/16) on the Being There project, our work, and public Showcase event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://techspark.co/artists-scientists-come-together-create-robot-showcase-event/
 
Description Towards Disruptive Technologies for Wellbeing: Explorations in Affective VR, Telepresence Robotics and Social Transference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was an invited talk at MIT Media Lab (30 October 2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description University of Oxford issued a press release in promotion of the Being There project and particularly the public Showcase event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact University of Oxford issued a press release (13/09/16) in promotion of the Being There project and particularly the public Showcase event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/news/1181-full.html
 
Description University of the West of England issued a press release in promotion of the Being There project and particularly the public Showcase event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact University of the West of England issued a press release (02/09/16) in promotion of the Being There project and particularly the public Showcase event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://info.uwe.ac.uk/news/uwenews/news.aspx?id=3444
 
Description W3C/IAB workshop on Strengthening the Internet Against Pervasive Monitoring (STRINT), 28 February - 1 March 2014, London UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Piers O'Hanlon, Dr Joss Wright and Dr Ian Brown (University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute) presented a paper at the W3C/IAB workshop on Strengthening the Internet Against Pervasive Monitoring (STRINT) workshop. The paper was titled Privacy at the Link Layer.
A link to the paper: https://www.w3.org/2014/strint/papers/35.pdf

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.

Led to a presentation at the IEEE 802 plenary tutorial session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.w3.org/2014/strint/papers/35.pdf
 
Description alphr.com included a feature article on the Being There project, our work, and public Showcase event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact http://www.alphr.com/ included a feature article (15/09/16) on the Being There project, our work, and public Showcase event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/check-your-journey?from=EXD&to=BRI&departureTime=2017-01-26T1630&...
 
Description an invited research seminar on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Computer-Robot Interaction' at the University of Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Hatice Gunes gave an invited research seminar on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Computer-Robot Interaction' at the University of Cardiff on 8 February 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/events/view/affective-and-social-signal-processing-for-human-computer-rob...
 
Description invited research seminar on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Robot Interaction' at the University of Hertfordshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Hatice Gunes gave an invited research seminar on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Robot Interaction' at the University of Hertfordshire on 8 December 2016. The seminar led to discussions on potential collaborative projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cs-colloq.cs.herts.ac.uk/gunes2016.txt
 
Description invited talk on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Computer and Human-Robot Interaction' at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Hatice Gunes was invited to give a research seminar on 'Affective and Social Signal Processing for Human-Computer and Human-Robot Interaction' at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on 22nd of June 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.comp.polyu.edu.hk/files/research_seminar_20160622.pdf
 
Description invited tech talk on 'Automatic Analysis of Affect and Social Signals' at Google Research Zurich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Hatice Gunes gave an invited tech talk on 'Automatic Analysis of Affect and Social Signals' at Google Research Zurich on 22 September 2016. The talk enabled starting conversations on how Google would like to include some aspects of affective and social signal processing into their services and products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016