Abstract: This project is designed around the concept of playing board games involving collaboration between humans and robots in a shared physical environment. Unlike the classic human-versus-machine situation often established in computer-based board games, this project is intended to be used as an interaction test bed which takes advantage of the rich interaction opportunities that arise when humans and robots play collaboratively as a team. To facilitate interaction within a shared physical environment, the game is played on a large checkerboard where human and robotic players can be situated and play as game pieces within the game. With meaningful interaction occurring within this controlled setup, various aspects of human robot-interaction can be easily explored and evaluated such as interaction methods and robot behaviour.

Researchers: Min Xin, Ehud Sharlin