Lab updates
  2018
    We are happy to announce the launch of our new ABOT Database Website!

      In addition to the major functionalities from the previous version, such as a downloadable robot information list with human-likeness scores, a preview of 200 robots, and a feature-based human-likeness predictor, the new website also features advanced search and filter capacities, integrated robot information in preview windows, and radar graphs visually representing each robot’s human-likeness profile! Additionally, we have improved our image collection (dated 05/20/2018) and streamlined the human-likeness predictor.

      This new website would not have been possible without the dedication of our student developers, Leon Lei, Fawn Tong, G Cha, and Ken Noh, from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Over the spring semester, they worked closely with the core members of our ABOT research team, including Beth Phillips (Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy), Xuan Zhao (Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Chicago Booth Business School), and Bertram Malle (Professor at Brown University) to redesign the entire website.

      We hope that you enjoy these updated features and the new look and feel of our website as much as we do, and that our ABOT Database can continue to serve a useful resource for your research!

      07/17/2018
      Xuan, Beth, Bertram, and the entire ABOT team
    Bertram Malle presented an invited talk on "Human Morality, Robots’ Moral Competence, and the Deepest Kind of Trust" in the Workshop on "Robots, Morality, and Trust through the Verification Lens," Oxford University, July 13, 2018
    Maartje de Graaf and Bertram Malle co-organized (with Anca Dragaon and Tom Ziemke) a workshop on Explainable robotic systems at the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI ’18, Chicago, IL
    Bertram Malle, John Voiklis (post-doc alumn), and Boyoung Kim (Ph.d. student) published a book chapter on Understanding contempt against the background of blame in The Moral Psychology of Contempt (ed. By M. Mason).
    Post Doc Maartje de Graaf gave a talk at the HRI workshop on Social Robots in Therapy on March 5th.

    • Graaf, M.M.A. de (2018, January). Our social relationships with robots. HRI Workshop on Social Robots in Therapy, Chicago, IL, USA – 2018, March.
    Post Doc Maartje de Graaf gave a talk at Tufts University on January 18th.

    • Graaf, M.M.A. de (2018, January). Studying the long-term use of robots in the home. Computer Science Colloquium, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA – 2018, January.
    Post Doc Maartje de Graaf and Bertram Malle, had an LBR paper accepted at HRI’18.

    • Graaf, M.M.A. de, & Malle, B.F. (2018). People’s judgments of human and robot behaviors: A robust set of behaviors and some discrepancies (Late-Breaking-Report). International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction Companion, Chicago, IL, USA.
    Post Doc Beth Philips, recent PhD graduate Xuan Zhao, Grad Student Danny Ullman, and Bertram Malle, had a paper accepted at HRI’18
    (acceptance rate: 23%). The paper was also nominated for a best paper award.

    • Phillips, E., Zhao, X., Ullman, D., & Malle, B. F. (2018). What is human-like?: Decomposing robot human-like appearance using the Anthropomorphic roBOT (ABOT) Database. In HRI ’18: Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Press.
  2017
    In December, Bertram Malle gave an invited talk at the Innovation Brownbag Series of MITRE corporation (Bedford, MA), entitled “People’s perceptions of autonomous systems as moral agents.”
    In December, Bertram Malle represented the HCRI team at the IBM Watson AI XPrize meeting. The team reached the second round (cut-down from 142 to 59 teams) and was one of the 10 Milestone Nominee teams (top 10 of the current round).
    Post Doc Maartje de Graaf and Bertram Malle had a paper accepted at the AAAI Fall Symposium on AI for HRI.

    • Graaf, M.M.A. de & Malle, B.F. (2017). How people explain action (and AIS should too). AAAI 2017 Fall Symposium on “AI-HRI”, Arlington, VA, USA.
    Post Doc Beth Phillips, had a paper accepted to Journal of Human-Robot Interaction.

    • Phillips E., & Jentsch F. (2017). Supporting situation awareness through robot-to-human information sharing under conditions of visuospatial perspective taking. Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 6(3), 92-117. doi: 10.5898/JHRI.6.3.Phillips
    In October, Bertram Malle presented a paper entitled “AI in the sky,” co-authored with ex-lab manager Stuti Thapa Magar, at the International Conference on Robot Ethics and Safety Standards (ICRESS), Lisbon, Portugal.
    In September, Bertram Malle gave an invited talk entitled “What do people's moral judgments of robots tell us about the expected moral capacities of autonomous vehicles?” at the Workshop on the Ethics of Automated Vehicles in Toulouse, France.
    Post Doc Beth Phillips and Grad Student Danny Ullman, had a collaborative paper accepted to Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems

    • Baker, A. L., Phillips E., Ullman, D., & Keebler J. R. (accepted). Toward an understanding of trust repair in human-robot interaction: Current research and future directions. ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS).TiiS
    Post Doc Beth Phillips, HFES paper won 1st place in Best Student Paper Competition, Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Group, at the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

    • Odette, K., Rivera, J., Phillips, E., Jimenez, C., & Jentsch, F. (2017). Robot self-assessment and expression: A framework. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 61(1), 1188-1192. doi: 10.1177/1541931213601780
    Post Doc Beth Phillips gave a talk at MIT’s AgeLab on July 26th.

    • Phillips, E. (2017, July). Designing Humanity Centered Robots for Aging. Invited presentation given at AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
    Post Doc Beth Phillips had two papers accepted to the International Symposium on Robotics Research.

    • Rosen, E., Whitney, D., Phillips E., Chen, G., Tompkin, J., Konidaris, G., & Tellex S. (in press). Communicating robot arm motion intent through mixed reality head-mounted displays. International Symposium on Robotics Research

    • Whitney, D., Rosen, E., Phillips, E., Konidaris, G., & Tellex, S. (in press). Comparing robot grasping teleoperation across desktop and virtual reality with ROS Reality. International Symposium on Robotics Research
    Post Docs Beth Phillips and Maartje de Graaf participated in the Women in Robotics Workshop at the Robotics Society and Systems Conference on July 15th.
    Xuan Zhao successfully defended her dissertation, “When Do We Take Other People's Perspectives? An Investigation into the Contextual Triggers of Perspective Taking ” She will be joining the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago as a postdoc researcher. In addition to conducting research independently and collaborating with world-class researchers, she will be collaborating with the Second City improv company to explore new ways to bridge acting and improvisation techniques with behavioral research.
    Xuan Zhao gave a talk entitled, "A Heart for Cooperation: Feeling Another Human’s Heartbeat Promotes Prosocial and Cooperative Behaviors" at the 2017 Science of Philanthropy Initiative at the University of Chicago on Sept 6-7. (July 13, 2017)
    Xuan Zhao will be giving a talk titled, "A Heart for Cooperation: Feeling Another Human’s Heartbeat Promotes Prosocial and Cooperative Behaviors" at the 2017 Psychology of Technology Conference at UC Berkeley on Nov 4-5. (July 3, 2017)
    Bertram, Stuti Thapa Magar (our ex lab manager), and collaborator Matthias Scheutz from Tufts had a paper on “AI in the Sky” accepted at the International Conference on Robot Ethics and Safety Standards (ICRESS). Bertram will present the paper in October in Lisbon.
    In September, Bertram will present a paper on “What do people's moral judgments of robots tell us about the expected moral capacities of autonomous vehicles?” at the multidisciplinary workshop "The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles" at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAST) in Toulouse, France.
    Our postdoc Maartje de Graaf and Bertram had a full paper accepted at the AAAI Fall Symposium AI-HRI on “How People Explain Action (and Autonomous Intelligent Systems Should Too)” to be presented in November in DC.
    Bertram is co-authoring a paper (with Vasanth Sarathy and Matthias Scheutz) that was accepted at the 8th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive InfoCommunications. The paper is entitled “Learning Behavioral Norms in Uncertain and Changing Contexts” and describes the next stage of developing an algorithm that learns human norm networks.
    Bertram presented the following paper at CogSci in London:

    • Sarathy, V., Scheutz, M., Kenett, Y., Allaham, M. M., Austerweil, J. L., & Malle, B. F. (2017). Mental representations and computational modeling of context-specific human norm systems. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1035-1040). London, UK, July 2017.
    Our Research Assistant, Nina Diepenbrock, won summer UTRA award to work on the HeartBeat project in our lab!
    Steve Guglielmo (Brown Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor at Macalester College) and Bertram published a paper in PSPB:

    • Guglielmo, S., & Malle, B. F. (2017). Information-acquisition processes in moral judgments of blame. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 957–971.
    Andrew Monroe (Brown Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University) published a paper with a student and Bertram in SPPS:

    • Monroe, A. E., Brady, G. L., & Malle, B. F. (2017). This isn’t the free will worth looking for: General free will beliefs do not influence moral judgments, agent-specific choice ascriptions do. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 191–199.
    Andrew Monroe and Bertram also published a paper in JEP-General:

    • Monroe, A. E., & Malle, B. F. (2017). Two paths to blame: Intentionality directs moral information processing along two distinct tracks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 123-133.
    We presented two posters at HRI in Vienna:

    • Malle, B. F., & Thapa Magar, S. (2017). What kind of mind do I want in my robot? Developing a measure of desired mental capacities in social robots. Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI ’17 (pp. 195–196). New York, NY: ACM.

    • Ullman, D., & Malle, B. F. (2017). Human-robot trust: Just a button press away. Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI ’17 (pp. 309–310). New York, NY: ACM.
    Xuan Zhao won the Grand Travel Award at the first Psychology of Technology preconference at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology 2017 (Jan 18, 2017)