[Talk announcement] “Developing socially acceptable robots” by Prof. Matthias Rehm on November 5th

Developing socially acceptable robots

by Dr. Matthias Rehm, Professor MSO
at Room 123 Research Bldg No 7 (Bldg#68) in Yoshida Main Campus, at 13:00-14:00, Monday November 5th


In the future, robots are envisioned to work side by side with humans in dynamic environments both in production contexts but also more and more in societal context like health care, education, or commerce. This will require robots to become socially accepted, to become able to analyze human intentions in meaningful ways, and to become proactive. The new HRI lab at the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University will focus on the following research topics:

  • Design for social acceptance: While robot development is usually driven by technical constraints, to ensure social acceptance a new approach is necessary to take the user perspective into account during the design and development phase.
  • Long-term interaction: In societal context, robots will build up relations to users and need to be equipped with methods for open ended, long term, emerging interactions (e.g. applying methods of interactive storytelling and emergent narratives; modeling personality and affective interactions; developing methods for intention recognition and learning).
  • Human robot collaboration: When robots and humans work side by side, a particular challenge is the complex multimodal interplay of asymmetric communication capabilities. This creates a need for multilevel coordination for successful interactions on several levels like communicative, physical, social and task level.

After a short presentation of the lab, I’m going to present some of our work in health care and production contexts.


Matthias Rehm received his Diploma and Doctoral degrees (with honors) in
1998 and 2001 respectively from Bielefeld University in Germany. In 2008, he successfully completed his habilitation process in Informatics at the University of Augsburg in Germany. He is the head of the Human Machine Interaction group at the Dept. of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology and the director of the upcoming cross-departmental Human Robot Interaction lab at the Technical Faculty of IT and Design at Aalborg University. His research is focused on modeling social, affective and cultural aspects of everyday behavior for intuitive human machine interactions. He has over 100 peer reviewed publications in the area of robotics, HCI, technology enhance learning, multimodal interaction, and culture aware technology. In 2010, he became founding and steering group member of Aalborg University’s cross-departmental robotics program Aalborg U Robotics (http://robotics.aau.dk). In 2014 he co-founded an international, Canadian-based startup that is actively pushing the limits in smart learning technologies. In 2015, he was elected vice president for the International Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development (http://aslerd.org).


Toyoaki Nishida
Dept. of Intelligence Science and Technology Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
E-mail: nishida.toyoaki.4e@kyoto-u.ac.jp / nishida@i.kyoto-u.ac.jp /
Phone: +81-75-753-5371