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Social Robot Developed at UNSW Set to Revolutionize Workplace Experience


Artist's conception of robots in the workplace.

A new social robot is designed to promote creativity and collaboration in the workplace.

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Researchers at the University of New South Wales' (UNSW) Creative Robotics Lab in Australia and the Fuji Xerox Research Technology Group in Japan have developed a social robot to promote creativity and collaboration in the workplace.

"We would like a special type of robot that would fit right into the workplace so that people will not be disturbed by its presence but at the same time help them with their tasks," says Fuji Xerox's Roshan Thapliya.

The UNSW Social Robotics Lab will focus on the robot's design and psychological programming, with other technical details such as robo-navigation and artificial intelligence developed by the UNSW School of Computer Science and Fuji Xerox.

The researchers note the robot is designed to enable synchronization between employees. "One of the differentiators will be understanding the person's emotional requirements and acting not in a physical way, but in a subtle way that facilitates positive arousal," Thapliya says.

From UNSW Newsroom
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