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Mutual shaping in the design of socially assistive robots: A case study on social robots for therapy (2019)
Journal Article
Winkle, K., Caleb-Solly, P., Turton, A., & Bremner, P. (in press). Mutual shaping in the design of socially assistive robots: A case study on social robots for therapy. International Journal of Social Robotics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-019-00536-9

© 2019, The Author(s). This paper offers a case study in undertaking a mutual shaping approach to the design of socially assistive robots. We consider the use of social robots in therapy, and we present our results regarding this application, but the... Read More about Mutual shaping in the design of socially assistive robots: A case study on social robots for therapy.

On proactive, transparent and verifiable ethical reasoning for robots (2019)
Journal Article
Bremner, P., Dennis, L. A., Fisher, M., & Winfield, A. F. (2019). On proactive, transparent and verifiable ethical reasoning for robots. Proceedings of the IEEE, 107(3), 541-561. https://doi.org/10.1109/JPROC.2019.2898267

Previous work on ethical machine reasoning has largely been theoretical, and where such systems have been implemented it has in general been only initial proofs of principle. Here we address the question of desirable attributes for such systems to im... Read More about On proactive, transparent and verifiable ethical reasoning for robots.

Personality perception of robot avatar teleoperators in solo and dyadic tasks (2017)
Journal Article
Bremner, P., Celiktutan, O., & Gunes, H. (2017). Personality perception of robot avatar teleoperators in solo and dyadic tasks. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 4(MAY), https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2017.00016

© 2017 Bremner, Celiktutan and Gunes. Humanoid robot avatars are a potential new telecommunication tool, whereby a user is remotely represented by a robot that replicates their arm, head, and possible face movements. They have been shown to have a nu... Read More about Personality perception of robot avatar teleoperators in solo and dyadic tasks.

Overcoming the uncanny valley: Displays of emotions reduce the uncanniness of humanlike robots (2016)
Book Chapter
Koschate, M., Potter, R., Bremner, P., & Levine, M. (2016). Overcoming the uncanny valley: Displays of emotions reduce the uncanniness of humanlike robots. In Proceedings of the eleventh ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, 359-365. IEEE Press

In this paper we show empirically that highly humanlike robots make thoughts of death more accessible, leading to perceptions of uncanniness and eeriness of such robots. Rather than reducing the humanlikeness of robots, our research suggests the addi... Read More about Overcoming the uncanny valley: Displays of emotions reduce the uncanniness of humanlike robots.

Personality perception of robot avatar tele-operators (2016)
Book Chapter
Bremner, P., Celiktutan, O., & Gunes, H. (2016). Personality perception of robot avatar tele-operators. In S. Sabanovic, A. Paiva, Y. Nagai, & C. Bartneck (Eds.), Proceedings of the eleventh ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, 141-148. IEEE Press

Nowadays a significant part of human-human interaction takes place over distance. Tele-operated robot avatars, in which an operator’s behaviours are portrayed by a robot proxy, have the potential to improve distance interaction, e.g., improving soc... Read More about Personality perception of robot avatar tele-operators.

Iconic gestures for robot avatars, recognition and integration with speech (2016)
Journal Article
Bremner, P., & Leonards, U. (2016). Iconic gestures for robot avatars, recognition and integration with speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00183

© 2016 Bremner and Leonards. Co-verbal gestures are an important part of human communication, improving its efficiency and efficacy for information conveyance. One possible means by which such multi-modal communication might be realized remotely is t... Read More about Iconic gestures for robot avatars, recognition and integration with speech.

Efficiency of speech and iconic gesture integration for robotic and human communicators - a direct comparison (2015)
Presentation / Conference
Bremner, P., & Leonards, U. (2015, May). Efficiency of speech and iconic gesture integration for robotic and human communicators - a direct comparison. Paper presented at International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Co-verbal gestures are an important part of human communication, improving its efficiency for information conveyance. A key component of such improvement is the observer’s ability to integrate information from the two communication channels, speec... Read More about Efficiency of speech and iconic gesture integration for robotic and human communicators - a direct comparison.

Speech and Gesture Emphasis Effects for Robotic and Human Communicators: A Direct Comparison (2015)
Conference Proceeding
Bremner, P., & Leonards, U. (2015). Speech and Gesture Emphasis Effects for Robotic and Human Communicators: A Direct Comparison. In Proceedings of the Tenth Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - HRI '15, (255-262). https://doi.org/10.1145/2696454.2696496

© 2015 ACM. Emphasis, by means of either pitch accents or beat gestures (rhythmic co-verbal gestures with no semantic meaning), has been shown to serve two main purposes in human communication: syntactic disambiguation and salience. To use beat gestu... Read More about Speech and Gesture Emphasis Effects for Robotic and Human Communicators: A Direct Comparison.

SABRE: A bio-inspired fault-tolerant electronic architecture (2013)
Journal Article
Pipe, A. G., Dragffy, G., Samie, M., Liu, Y., Bremner, P., Bremner, P., …Tyrrell, A. M. (2013). SABRE: A bio-inspired fault-tolerant electronic architecture. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 8(1), https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3182/8/1/016003

As electronic devices become increasingly complex, ensuring their reliable, fault-free operation is becoming correspondingly more challenging. It can be observed that, in spite of their complexity, biological systems are highly reliable and fault tol... Read More about SABRE: A bio-inspired fault-tolerant electronic architecture.

Evolving cell array configurations using CGP (2011)
Journal Article
Bremner, P., Samie, M., Dragffy, G., Pipe, A. G., & Liu, Y. (2011). Evolving cell array configurations using CGP. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 6621 LNCS, 73-84. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-20407-4_7

A cell array is a proposed type of custom FPGA, where digital circuits can be formed from interconnected configurable cells. In this paper we have presented a means by which CGP might be adapted to evolve configurations of a proposed cell array. As p... Read More about Evolving cell array configurations using CGP.


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