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Conference | Caradt at the International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction

How can social robots support co-creation sessions?

Caradt researchers Alwin de Rooij and Simone van den Broek explored this question in collaboration with Tilburg University’s Jan de Wit and Michelle Bouw in their study “Co-Designing with a Social Robot Facilitator: Effects of Robot Mood Expression on Human Group Dynamics.” The study shows how the social robot NAO can be programmed to regulate perceived cooperation and conflict in co-creating human groups, by displaying non-verbal mood expressions. The first results of their study will be presented at the International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2023) on 4-7 December, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

‘‘Understanding how creativity and imagination emerge from interactions with our environment will lead to improved innovation processes, tools and technologies.’’

Alwin de Rooij is Associate Professor in Situated Art and Design at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt), and Assistant Professor in Creativity Research in the department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University.

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‘The ultimate goal is to provide people with the information, skills and tools that enable them to improve the quality of their daily lives.’

Simone van den Broek is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group, and a tutor for the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch. 

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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