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Sample and time efficient policy learning with CMA-ES and Bayesian Optimisation (2020)
Conference Proceeding
Le Goff, L. K., Buchanan, E., Hart, E., Eiben, A. E., Li, W., de Carlo, M., …Tyrrell, A. M. (2020). Sample and time efficient policy learning with CMA-ES and Bayesian Optimisation. In J. Bongard, J. Lovato, L. Hebert-Dufrésne, R. Dasari, & L. Soros (Eds.), Artificial Life Conference Proceedings. , (432-440). https://doi.org/10.1162/isal_a_00299

In evolutionary robot systems where morphologies and controllers of real robots are simultaneously evolved, it is clear that there is likely to be requirements to refine the inherited controller of a ‘newborn’ robot in order to better align it to its... Read More about Sample and time efficient policy learning with CMA-ES and Bayesian Optimisation.

Examining profiles for robotic risk assessment: Does a robot's approach to risk affect user trust? (2020)
Conference Proceeding
Bridgwater, T., Giuliani, M., van Maris, A., Baker, G., Winfield, A., & Pipe, T. (2020). Examining profiles for robotic risk assessment: Does a robot's approach to risk affect user trust?. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. , (23-31). https://doi.org/10.1145/3319502.3374804

© 2020 Association for Computing Machinery. As autonomous robots move towards ubiquity, the need for robots to make decisions under risk that are trustworthy becomes increasingly significant; both to aid acceptance and to fully utilise their autonomo... Read More about Examining profiles for robotic risk assessment: Does a robot's approach to risk affect user trust?.

The impact of affective verbal expressions in social robots (2020)
Conference Proceeding
van Maris, A., Sutherland, A., Mazel, A., Dogramadzi, S., Zook, N., Studley, M., …Caleb-Solly, P. (2020). The impact of affective verbal expressions in social robots. https://doi.org/10.1145/3371382.3378358

This research investigates whether there is an ethical concern in robots misrepresenting their internal state through speech. Participants were asked to discuss their food preferences with a robot, where the robot would either respond through facts o... Read More about The impact of affective verbal expressions in social robots.

Speech related accessibility issues in social robots (2020)
Conference Proceeding
van Maris, A., Dogramadzi, S., Zook, N., Studley, M., Winfield, A., & Caleb-Solly, P. (2020). Speech related accessibility issues in social robots. In HRI '20: ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. , (505-507). https://doi.org/10.1145/3371382.3378379

This work describes an incidental finding from a longitudinal Human-Robot Interaction study that was investigating whether a robot showing emotions during interactions with older adults was perceived differently than to a robot that did not display e... Read More about Speech related accessibility issues in social robots.

"What could possibly go wrong?": Logging HRI data for robot accident investigation (2020)
Conference Proceeding
Winkle, K., Jirotka, M., Lyngs, U., Macrae, C., Webb, H., & Winfield, A. (2020). "What could possibly go wrong?": Logging HRI data for robot accident investigation. In HRI '20: Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. , (517-519). https://doi.org/10.1145/3371382.3378296

This abstract presents proposed experimental work to consider what might be required for an 'ethical black box', essentially a robot data recorder, to inform robot accident investigation processes and the implications for HRI.

The ARE Robot Fabricator: How to (Re)produce Robots that Can Evolve in the Real World (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Li, W., Hale, M. F., Buchanan, E., Winfield, A. F., Timmis, J., Hart, E., …Tyrrell, A. M. (2019). The ARE Robot Fabricator: How to (Re)produce Robots that Can Evolve in the Real World. In H. Fellermann, J. Bacardit, A. Goni-Moreno, & R. Fuchslin (Eds.), The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life, (95-102). https://doi.org/10.1162/isal_a_00147

The long term vision of the Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE) project is to create an ecosystem of both virtual and physical robots with evolving brains and bodies. One of the major challenges for such a vision is the need to construct many unique ind... Read More about The ARE Robot Fabricator: How to (Re)produce Robots that Can Evolve in the Real World.

The Dark Side of Ethical Robots (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Vanderelst, D., & Winfield, A. (2018). The Dark Side of Ethical Robots. In Proceedings of the 2018 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society - AIES '18, (317-322). https://doi.org/10.1145/3278721.3278726

© 2018 ACM. Concerns over the risks associated with advances in Artificial Intelligence have prompted calls for greater efforts toward robust and beneficial AI, including machine ethics. Recently, roboticists have responded by initiating the developm... Read More about The Dark Side of Ethical Robots.

Ethical considerations of (contextually) affective robot behaviour (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Van Maris, A., Zook, N., Caleb-Solly, P., Studley, M., Winfield, A., & Dogramadzi, S. (2018). Ethical considerations of (contextually) affective robot behaviour. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards. https://doi.org/10.13180/icres.2018.20-21.08.002

The use of social robots can bring many benefits, but raises ethical concerns as well. One of these concerns, emotional deception, was investigated in this research. First, affective robot behaviour is validated, followed by a user study to investiga... Read More about Ethical considerations of (contextually) affective robot behaviour.

A feasibility study for energy autonomy in multi robot search and rescue operations (2008)
Conference Proceeding
Sindi, Y., Pipe, T., Winfield, A., Dogramadzi, S., & Melhuish, C. (2008). A feasibility study for energy autonomy in multi robot search and rescue operations. In L. Marques, A. D. Almeida, M. Tokhi, & G. Virk (Eds.), Advances in Mobile Robotics: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, Coimbra, Portugal, 8-10 September 2008. , (1146-1153). https://doi.org/10.1142/9789812835772_0137

This paper proposes a novel search and rescue concept that aims to overcome the most basic obstacle in utilising a search and rescue teleoperated robot for a long distance energy autonomy. The concept utilizes a number of small robots capable of crea... Read More about A feasibility study for energy autonomy in multi robot search and rescue operations.