CSEE Seminar Series - Visual Audio Attention for Human-Robot Interaction

  • Wed 6 Feb 19

    16:00 - 18:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Dr Francesco Rea

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    CSEE Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of

  • Contact details

    CSEE School Office

At present, robots are leaving laboratories to be increasingly present in our houses. Society is more receptive than ever towards robots and eager for robotic support in daily activities.

However the interaction with robots in typical unstructured scenario is not always reliable but rather, most of the time, elusive. Our approach is to leverage humanoid robots to enable natural engagement with humans and promote their presence in our lives. The humanoid characteristic of the robot not only refers to the appearance but also to its intelligent behaviour. In particular, cognitive robotics models applied to humanoid robots will produce behaviours that are able to elicit innate response of interaction in humans.

Dr Francesco Rea will present iCub as a successful humanoid robotic platform for research that leads the growth of a robotic community sharing experience on the robotic platform iCub. In the last 5 years huge improvements in the field of perception, locomotion, HRI have been achieved thanks to this active community of researchers.

Dr Rea will present the latest breakthroughs that made the iCub one of the most reliable humanoid robots in Europe. In particular, Dr Rea will present in details the PROACTIVE VISUAL ATTENTION (PROVISION) system for iCub. PROVISION is the state of the art of visual attention system including bottom- up and top-down responses, and synthesis of biological inspired oculomotor actions. The discussion will lead to generic considerations on how robotics is likely to impact on the society in the next 5 years.

CSEE Seminar Series - Visual Audio Attention for Human-Robot Interaction


Dr Francesco Rea graduated with a BSc in Information Engineering at the Universita di Bergamo in 2004 and specialised in Computer Engineering at the Universita di Bergamo in 2007. He achieved an MSc in Robotics and Automation from the University of Salford in 2008 and a Ph.D in Robotics at the University of Genoa in 2012 contributing to two EU funded projects (POETICON, eMorph). His main areas of interest are modelling and replication of human and humanoid perception and cognitive skills, human-robot interaction and dynamic simulation of multibody systems.

Since 2016 Francesco is the scientist responsible for development of Cognitive Architecture and Interaction for humanoid iCub at RBCS Department in IIT Genoa. In 2017 he won Canada-Italy Innovation Award with the title "Computational Neuroscience models for auditory aware robots" aiming at providing humanoid robots with auditory awareness in collaboration with the University of Lethbridge. 

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