Imran Fanaswala

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Hala is a bilingual (Arabic and English) culturally-sensitive robot receptionist located at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. We report results from Hala's deployment by comparing her English dialogue corpus to that of a similar monolingual robot (named "Tank") located at CMU's Pittsburgh campus. Specifically, we compare the average number of turns per(More)
T he way people interact with robots appears to be fundamentally different from how they interact with most other technologies. People tend to ascribe a level of intelligence and sociability to robots that influences their perceptions of how the interactions should proceed. If a robot, for its part, adheres to this ascription, then the interactions tend to(More)
— To realize the vision of intelligent transportation systems with fully automated vehicles, there is a need for high-level planning for single vehicles as well as fleets of vehicles. This paper addresses the problem of optimally assigning and scheduling a set of spatially distributed tasks to a fleet of vehicles working together to achieve a high-level(More)
Task allocation impacts the performance efficiency of agent teams in significant ways. Due to their efficient and proven performance, Market-based task allocation approaches have grown in popularity for many such multi-agent domains. In addition, market-based approaches are very well suited to dynamic domains such as emergency response, in which the set of(More)
Executive Summary The innovative Student Technology ExPerience (iSTEP) is a new internship program offered by TechBridgeWorld research group at Carnegie Mellon University. iSTEP provides Carnegie Mellon students and recent graduates with an opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary and globally distributed team to develop needs-based computing technology(More)
HRI studies in a Middle Eastern environment are subject to nuances and subtleties. This study explores the nature of interactions, in an uncontrolled environment, between a permanently deployed bi-lingual robot-receptionist and interlocutors of varied native tongues. We correlate an interlocutor's native language with their propensity for accepting an(More)
This work advances the state-of-the-art in assistive technology for the visually impaired by enhancing an automated tutor designed to teach beginner-level braille writing skills. The hardware component of the tutor is a low-cost device that provides an intelligent tactile interface that connects to a laptop or desktop computer. We demonstrate the many uses(More)
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