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Heart robot: a public engagement project

Rocks, Claire; Jenkins, Sarah; Studley, Matthew; McGoran, David

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Claire Rocks

Sarah Jenkins

David McGoran


Heart Robot was a public engagement project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The aim of the project was to challenge cultural perceptions of robots, and to stimulate thought and debate
in members of the general public around research in the field of social and emotional robotics. Fusing the traditions of Bunraku puppetry, the technology
of animatronics and the field of artificial emotion and social intelligence, Heart Robot presented a series of entertaining, thought-provoking, and moving performances at fourteen events in the south-west region of the UK between
May and December 2008.
This paper presents a summary of the independent evaluation of the project.


Rocks, C., Jenkins, S., Studley, M., & McGoran, D. (2009). Heart robot: a public engagement project. Interaction Studies, 10(3), 427-452

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2009
Publicly Available Date Apr 12, 2016
Journal Interaction Studies
Print ISSN 1572-0373
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 427-452
Keywords robotics, public engagement
Publisher URL
Additional Information Additional Information : Article is from: Robots in the Wild: Exploring human-robot interaction in naturalistic environments, Special Issue of Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems


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