Project EMAR Movement Workshop at the University of Washington

Project EMAR is exploring robot greetings and goodbyes. Come participate in this movement workshop exploring human-robot interactions. No experience in robotics necessary.

This workshop will be co-led by Project EMAR's Elin Bjorling and Amy LaViers, a Certified Movement Analyst and roboticist from the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Participants will learn about Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, a set of concepts, terms, and principles utilized by many dancers and actors. The goal of this session will be to attune participants to their own embodied experience, centered around the lens of greeting and goodbye. How do you greet another person? At what distance does it begin and end? When does it involve physical touch? When does this greeting work well and engender a positive relationship? When can it fail? How does context affect or prompt the greeting? How do/should the answers of these questions change when interacting with machines?

CSE2 - G04 // Thursday, May 16 // 10AM-12PM -- with optional working groups 12-2PM

Participants may want to review the reference list below to prepare before (or digest after) the workshop:

Anderson-Bashan, Lucy, Benny Megidish, Hadas Erel, Iddo Wald, Guy Hoffman, Oren Zuckerman, and Andrey Grishko. "The Greeting Machine: An Abstract Robotic Object for Opening Encounters." In 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), pp. 595-602. IEEE, 2018.

Heimerdinger, Madison, and Amy LaViers. "Modeling the Interactions of Context and Style on Affect in Motion Perception: Stylized Gaits Across Multiple Environmental Contexts." In International Journal of Social Robotics pp. 1-19. Springer, 2019.

Kim, Joohyung, Alexander Alspach, Iolanda Leite, and Katsu Yamane. "Study of children's hugging for interactive robot design." In 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), pp. 557-561. IEEE, 2016.

LaViers, Amy, Catie Cuan, Catherine Maguire, Karen Bradley, Kim Brooks Mata, Alexandra Nilles, Ilya Vidrin et al. "Choreographic and somatic approaches for the development of expressive robotic systems." In Arts, vol. 7, no. 2, p. 11. MDPI, 2018.

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