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Robot employed as a receptionist in the Computer Science building

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23 May 2011

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Two students of Computer Science and Electronics, Marios Harrane and Andreas Anastasiades, developed for their final project a robotic receptionist for the Computer Science building. Once the robot recognizes a person in front of it, it asks if it can help locate a member of staff, recognizes names of most staff working in the building, and gives directions pointing with its robotic arm. The robot was shown to successfully communicate with humans: During testing, it provided required information to 13 out 14 randomly selected people entering the building, and importantly also to... lecturers marking their project during the final project presentation.

The robot will be further developed and eventually placed by the entrance to the building. The project was advised by Dr Rafal Bogacz and Dr Andrew Calway.