The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) Informatics Colloquium Series
Speaker: Dana Kulić, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
Where: Luddy Hall, Rm. 1106
When: Friday, March 2, 2018, 3:00 pm
Topic: Designing Engaging Interactions through Movement: Experiments with Near Living Architecture
Abstract: Can architectural environments provide an engaging and emphathetic interaction with occupants? In this talk, we describe our work designing movement based interaction strategies for the Hylozoic Series architectural environments. We propose an approach for adapting the Intelligent Adaptive Curiosity learning algorithm previously introduced in the developmental robotic literature to distributed interactive sculptural systems. This Curiosity-Based Learning Algorithm (CBLA) allows the system to learn about its own mechanisms and its surrounding environment s through self-experimentation and interaction. A novel formulation using multiple agents as learning subsets of the system that communicate through shared input variables enables us to scale the learning algorithm to a much larger system with diverse types of sensors and actuators. Experiments on a prototype interactive sculpture installation demonstrate the exploratory patterns of CBLA and the collective learning behaviours through the integration of multiple learning agents.
Biography: Dana Kulić received the combined B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. degrees in electromechanical engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1998 and 2005, respectively. From 2006 to 2009, she was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow and a Project Assistant Professor at the Nakamura Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is an Associate Editor with the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction. In 2014, she was awarded Ontario’s Early Researcher award for her work on rehabilitation and human-robot interaction. Her research interests include human motion analysis, robot learning, humanoid robots, and human-machine interaction.