2013-04-16 Human Factors of Social Robotics

Human Factors of Social Robotics

Presented by Ifat Yaakobi

CapCHI will be hosting our next event at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill!

Date: Tuesday April 16th, 2013
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; talk begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).


Imagine a robot that guides children with their physiotherapy exercise. Imagine a robot that plays
a game with seniors and by doing so improves their health. Imagine a robot that functions as
a diet coach. You do not have to imagine – they all exist and are being studied in social robots
laboratories around the world.

The goal of this presentation is to introduce the concept of social robots. We will discuss the
guidelines for creating better social robots from the point of view of the user that interacts with
them. We will talk about appearance, personality, behavior and emotional design. During the talk
we will see many examples of currently existing social robots and discuss its design.


Ifat specializes in User Experience and Human Factors for the professional users. She earned
her MA in cognitive psychology (specializing in human factors).

With 8 years of experience, she worked with various international companies (e.g. SAP,
Microsoft) to specify requirements and user experience and has experience in a variety of fields
(Robotics, CAM, IT, CRM, ERP, Banking, Insurance, Communications and more).

In the last 3 years as a freelance UX, Ifat has been involved in projects that are focused in social
robotics. She was the Human Factors Lead of the Therapeutic and Educational Social Robotics
Lab in Israel.

You can follow Ifat on Twitter @Yifat30.

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, April 16th, 6:00 pm in the upstairs room at the Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Note: There is no cost for attending this event and prior registration is not required.

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

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