UW student researches ways to make robots more human

“You fall into this valley of uncanniness when you can tell the robot or character is just not doing the right thing, even if you can’t quite explain why,” Andrist said.

“You fall into this valley of uncanniness when you can tell the robot or character is just not doing the right thing, even if you can’t quite explain why,” Andrist said.

If interactive robots were able to pause during conversation and take a moment to gaze off into the distance as if pondering what the user was saying, research suggests this small change could make them seem less robotic.

Sean Andrist, a graduate researcher at the University of Wisconsin, studies ways researchers can improve how communicative characters, both digitally-constructed virtual agents and physical robots, maintain eye contact. | Read more ...

Rachael Lallensack