Social Distancing Technologies
A group of researchers from Sydney and Luxembourg (Nguyen, et al., 2020) have published a survey article about enabling and emerging technologies for social distancing.
Furhat Robotics SDK Open
Furhat Robotics make their SDK open for experiments in Social Robotics.
Emotion-Aware Automotive User Interfaces (Chinese vs. German Drivers)
Researchers (BMW Resarch, LMU and TU Eindhoven Universities) investigated the cultural differences between German and Chinese drivers while they interact with emotion-aware user interface system for cars. They conclude that such user interfaces should be sensitive for cultural and social situations. In addition, they recommend that drivers should have some options for personal choice rather than all-automatic options.
Robots Help Doctors during the Epidemic
Doctors and health personel are under risk for infection during the epidemic. Robots are helping to serve the patients in hospitals in Italy.
Shared Use of Ventilation Devices
According to researchers from University of Twente (NL), it is possible to split a ventilator to be shared by two patients in thecase of a healthcare emergency during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Simply built UV-C Disinfection System for Viruses
In order to battle with the spread of bacteria and viruses, She et al., (2020) propose a simple UV-C disinfection system (composed of a plastic bin, UV-C light bulb and conventional light housing) that can be implemented for healthcare settings.
Playing with Robots Teach Social skills to Children with Autism
A group of researchers from University of Southern California found that socially assistive robotics (SAR) could be affordable, accesible and persoalized solutions for teaching social skills to children with Autism. The details of the research study and implications are available in the Feb, 2020 edition of Science Robotics Journal.
AI systems have difficulties with basic cause-effect relations
Self-driving vehicles are getting popular but AI systems still have difficulty understanding even the basic cause and effect relationships according to a WIRED article (March, 2020).
Guidelines for Human-AI Interaction
Amershi et al., (2019) explain 18 guidelines on how to design human-AI interaction systems. A team of 49 design practioners tested 20-AI products to validate these guidelines.
Natural vs. Acted Emotions: How to differentiate?
A recent study by Dhamyal et al., questions the validity of data sets that are used for speech based emotion research. Their findings indicate phonetic differences between natural vs. acted emotions (e.g. more fricatives and stops in natural emotions than acted speech). Applications: HCI, speech emotion recognition, human-computer interaction).