Ubiquitous computing is the execution of computational tasks through everyday objects. Ubiquitous robotics augments the capabilities of one or more robots by leveraging ubiquitous computational and/or sensorial resources. Augmentation complements and/or enhances the capabilities of one or more robots while such robots can simultaneously serve as… (More)
Networked robotic applications enable robots to operate in distant, hazardous, or otherwise inaccessible environments, such as search and rescue, surveillance, and exploration applications. The most difficult challenge which persists for such systems is that of supporting effective human-robot interaction, as this usually demands managing dynamic views,… (More)
This paper presents a study of children's responses to the perceived gender and age of a humanoid robot Nao which communicated with four genuine synthesized child voices. Results indicate that manipulations are successful for all voice conditions. Also, voices of UK English are preferred by children in Ireland for Child-Robot Interaction (cHRI).
In order to inform the design of robotic applications for children, in this paper we describe and report the results of an experiment we conducted in a primary school. Our work investigates the effects of the robot's perceived gender and age on levels of engagement and acceptance of the robot by children across different age and gender groups. Our results… (More)
In environments where robotic systems are deployed people often have different requirements for the robotic services and human-robot interaction methods. This paper presents a robotic system that exploits the advantages of ubiquitous perception in order to gather knowledge from multiple sensors and various modalities. This ubiquitous human perception will… (More)
—In this paper we investigate how recent advances in wireless communications can be integrated with agent-base service applications so that the connectivity between different users of the same environment, or remotely connected ones, is improved. We present two agent-based mobile service applications that employ software agents to represent end-users. We… (More)