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Albert De Beir
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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#1Joris De WinterH-Index: 1
#2Albert De BeirH-Index: 6
Last. Bram VanderborghtH-Index: 37
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The assembly industry is shifting more towards customizable products, or requiring assembly of small batches. This requires a lot of reprogramming, which is expensive because a specialized engineer is required. It would be an improvement if untrained workers could help a cobot to learn an assembly sequence by giving advice. Learning an assembly sequence is a hard task for a cobot, because the solution space increases drastically when the complexity of the task increases. This work introduces a n...
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Maintaining engagement is challenging in human–human interaction. When disengagements happen, people try to adapt their behavior with an expectation that engagement will be regained. In human–robot interaction, although socially interactive robots are engaging, people can easily drop engagement while interacting with robots. This paper proposes a multi-layer re-engagement system that applies different strategies through human-like verbal and non-verbal behaviors to regain user engagement, taking...
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#1Hoang-Long Cao (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
#2Greet Van de Perre (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
Last. Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 37
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Social robots have been proven beneficial in different types of healthcare interventions. An ongoing trend is to develop (semi-)autonomous socially assistive robotic systems in healthcare context to improve the level of autonomy and reduce human workload. This paper presents a behavior control system for social robots in therapies with a focus on personalization and platform-independence. This system architecture provides the robot an ability to behave as a personable character, which behaviors ...
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#1Hoang-Long Cao (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
#2Pablo Gómez Esteban (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
Last. Tom Ziemke (University of Skövde)H-Index: 29
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Robot-assisted therapy (RAT) offers potential advantages for improving the social skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This article provides an overview of the developed technology and clinical results of the EC-FP7-funded Development of Robot-Enhanced therapy for children with AutisM spectrum disorders (DREAM) project, which aims to develop the next level of RAT in both clinical and technological perspectives, commonly referred to as robot-enhanced therapy (RET). Within thi...
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#1Hoang Long Cao (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
#2Lars Christian Jensen (University of Southern Denmark)H-Index: 5
Last. Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 37
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In this paper, we present a novel dual-robot testbed called DualKeepon for carrying out pairwise comparisons of linguistic features of speech in human–robot interactions. Our solution, using a modified version of the MyKeepon robotic toy developed by Beatbots, is a portable open-source system for researchers to set up experiments quickly, and in an intuitive way. We provide an online tutorial with all required materials to replicate the system. We present two human–robot interaction studies to d...
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#1Kelly Merckaert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 2
#2Albert De Beir (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
Last. Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 37
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Abstract Recently, the development of collaborative robots that have to work in a cooperative way with humans, has become an important trend both in academia and in the industry. Thereby, safety has increasingly become an essential research aspect. Today, the main techniques to ensure safety are based on reducing 1) the stiffness of the actuators and/or links, 2) the speed of the robot when it approaches humans or obstacles, and 3) the weight of the robot. In all these techniques, the robot's en...
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Mar 1, 2018 in HRI (Human-Robot Interaction)
#1Laurens De Gauquier (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 1
#2Hoang-Long Cao (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
Last. Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 37
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Humanoid robots hold potential to offer customer experience for bricks-and-mortar stores. Participants took part in a quiz on the topic chocolate in an experimental field study at »The Belgian Chocolate House» in Brussels airport in which a tablet kiosk and a Pepper robot were compared. The experiments showed that offering the quiz on a humanoid robot provided better results in terms of shopper impressions and behavior.
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#1Greet Van de Perre (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
#2Hoang-Long Cao (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
Last. Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 37
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Gesturing is an important modality in human–robot interaction. Up to date, gestures are often implemented for a specific robot configuration and therefore not easily transferable to other robots. To cope with this issue, we presented a generic method to calculate gestures for social robots. The method was designed to work in two modes to allow the calculation of different types of gestures. In this paper, we present the new developments of the method. We discuss how the two working modes can be ...
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#1Hoang-Long Cao (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
#2Pablo Gómez Esteban (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
Last. Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 37
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The use of Robot-Assisted Therapy (RAT) in healthcare interventions has increasingly received research attention. However, a lot of RAT studies are conducted under Wizard of Oz (WoZ) techniques in which the robots are teleoperated or pre-programmed. The trend of RAT is moving towards (partially) autonomous control in which the robot behavior control architecture plays a significant role in creating effective human–robot interaction by engaging and motivating human users into the therapeutic proc...
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Jun 14, 2017 in IWANN (International Work-Conference on Artificial and Natural Neural Networks)
#1Hoang-Long Cao (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
#2Albert De Beir (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 6
Last. Bram Vanderborght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)H-Index: 37
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Homeostatic drive theory is a popular approach for decision-making of robot behavior in social robotic research. It is potentially to be used in social therapies. To increase the involvement of end-users in the robot’s control, we present an end-user interface allowing the therapists to generate homeostatic behavior for NAO robot in social skills training for children. We demonstrate the system by two interactions in which the robot homeostatic behavior is adapted to children’s behavior. The res...
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