Dr. Sharifa Alghowinem's Webinar: A Journey with Social Robots

Please join us for Dr. Sharifa Alghowinem's Webinar, A Journey with Social Robots: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Future.

Monday, May 3rd, 2021, 2pm EST (Boston), 9pm AST (KSA)

Zoom Link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/92690439086

In this webinar, Dr. Alghowinem will walk you through her journey with the social robots. Dr. Alghowinem worked with Prof. Cynthia Breazeal's Personal Robots Group at MIT's Media Lab to design robots to be compassionate companions and knowledgeable assistants to individuals and families. Their robots were deployed to people's homes to coach them in positive psychology, where they help to improve individuals' moods. Integrating the robot with external sensors, the robot is able to assist on several health aspects, such as medication adherence. Moreover, in the family activities context, the robots were able to interact during the story-reading activity to induce conversation and encourage asking questions about the story, to help the child in critical thinking. Besides linguistic understanding, AI and modeling for verbal and nonverbal behaviors, are the main fields in equipping the robot with the ability to understand social cues. In this webinar, Dr. Alghowinem will also connect the projects with the AI modeling associated with them. This will provide a full overview of the opportunities and challenges, as well as how we move forward for the future.

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