The friendly face of robots | University of Oxford

A computer science project coordinated by an Oxford computer scientist is developing robots that can help to relieve the isolation often faced by elderly or disabled people.

To many people the word ‘robot’ conjures up an image of a machine undertaking purely mechanical tasks. However, Professor Shimon Whiteson in the Department of Computer Science has a different vision: one of socially intelligent robots which are able to go out into the world and act on our behalf, controlled by us but with the ability to react intelligently to the situations they find themselves in.

The TERESA Project, a collaboration between several European universities with scientific coordination provided by Professor Whiteson, has developed a robot that enables elderly people and others with mobility issues to continue to interact socially with others, without ever having to leave their room.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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