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Spring 2014 GRASP Seminar: Leila Takayama, Google[x], “Designing for the Seemingly Nonsensical Ways People See, Treat, and Use Robots”

March 7, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


As robots are entering our everyday lives, it is becoming increasingly important to understand how untrained people will interact with robots. Fortunately, untrained people already interact with a variety of robotic agents (withdrawing cash from ATMs, driving cars with anti-lock brakes) so we are not completely starting from scratch. In the moment of those interactions with robotic agents, people behave in ways that do not necessarily align with the rational belief that robots are just plain machines. Through a combination of controlled experiments and field studies, this talk will examine the ways that untrained people interact with robotic agents, including (1) how we interact with personal robots, and (2) how we interact through telepresence robots. Drawing from theories of human-computer interaction and this type of empirical research, we provide implications for both theory and the design of interactive robotic systems.


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Leila Takayama is a senior user experience researcher at Google[x], a Google lab that aims for moonshots in science and technology. She is also a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council Members for the area of robotics and smart devices for the World Economic Forum. In 2012, she was named a TR35 winner (Technology Review’s Top 35 innovators under 35) and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. Prior to joining Google[x], Leila was a research scientist and area manager for human-robot interaction at Willow Garage. With a background in Cognitive Science, Psychology, and Human-Computer Interaction, she examines human encounters with new technologies. Dr. Takayama completed her PhD in Communication at Stanford University in June 2008, advised by Professor Clifford Nass. She also holds a PhD minor in Psychology from Stanford, MA in Communication from Stanford, and BAs in Psychology and Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley (2003). During her graduate studies, she was a research assistant in the User Interface Research (UIR) group at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).


March 7, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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