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Associated Project: Cobotic Improvisations

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The ARM Hub (and Australian Cobotics Centre) are hosting Dr Steph Hutchinson through an Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) Residency over the second half of 2022.

ANAT’s prestigious flagship program has supported creative research collaborations between more than 100 artists and scientists, since it was established in 2004.

ANAT Synapse involves Australian science organisations hosting artists in residence, leading to profound artistic and professional development for the participants, while also building a sustainable support base for interdisciplinary creative collaboration in Australia.

The Project entitled, Cobotic Improvisations, draws on dance improvisation and choreographic methodologies to research how humans might predict the movement of their robot collaborators. The ARM Hub and the Australian Cobotics Centre have the potential to benefit from the embodied practice methods and viewing human-robot collaboration through a new lens – choreographic, improvisation and embodied practice. The capacity of choreographic and dance improvisational methods enable Steph to quickly prototype and perform different scenarios. And, the sensitivity of the dancer to read the relationships within the environment have the potential to inform interaction and test the thresholds of comfortability of both humans and robots in close collaborative environments. Steph’s work will help the fundamental research in how humans can predict how a robot is about to move, which is a very under investigated issue in robotics. The project is closely linked to the Centre’s Human-Robot Interaction program.

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Associated Researchers

Jonathan Roberts

Centre Director
Queensland University of Technology
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Jared Donovan

Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Interaction program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Stine S. Johansen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Human-Robot-Interaction Program)
Queensland University of Technology
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