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CARES featured in New Zealand Geographic

“The Robots Will See You Now”….. The CARES team are featured in New Zealand Geographic’s latest issue.

Naomi Arnold came to interview members of our team for this special article which puts a spotlight on how robotics can assist older members of our community. The article showcases CARES current and past research projects, telling a neat story around our mission to collaborate with researchers and end users and to create inspiring and innovative robotic technologies that improve societal wellbeing

To read the article go to:  https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/the-robots-will-see-you-now/

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International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2017)

The Ninth International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2017) held in Japan this month, brought together researchers and practitioners working on the interaction between humans and robots and on the integration of robots into our society. The theme of the 2017 conference was embodied interactive robots.

Lecturer Dr Ho Seok Ahn and Mr Byeong-Kyu Ahn (Programmer – Robotics Software), represented CARES at the conference.

Dr Ahn, on behalf researchers:  Sheng Zhang (ME student), JongYoon Lim (Robotics Programmer – Robotics Software), Min Ho Lee (PhD student), Professor Bruce MacDonald (Principal Investigator) presented the paper: Design and Implementation of a Device Management System for Healthcare Assistive Robots: Sensor Manager System Version 2.

This paper presents the second version of a sensor manager system designed for social robotics such as healthcare service robots. The purpose of the paper was to propose a new improved design which helps robots manage vital sign measuring devices and solve some practical issues such as load capacity and power supply.

The presentation received recognition by being awarded the Best Interactive Session at the Conference!

In addition to presenting a paper, Dr Ahn hosted a workshop on Social Robot Intelligence for Social Human-Robot Interaction of Service Robots with international colleagues. There was an overwhelming interest, filling the room with double the number of expected participants (over 40 researchers in total). Positive feedback from all the participants is encouraging them to run the workshop again at HRI2018 conference next March 2018.

Congratulations to the team!

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Taiwanese ministerial visit to the Newmarket Innovation Campus

Taiwan’s Vice-Minister of Economic Affairs Ms. Mei-Hua Wang led a delegation of 15 Industry and Government high officials on Tuesday 31st October visiting the University of Auckland’s Innovation Campus in Newmarket. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jim Metson introduced the University, its newest Campus, and UniServices, discussing the capabilities of the different research groups and centres. It is evident that there is ample scope for collaboration between Taiwan and New Zealand, especially in the areas of ICT, Robotics and Materials. Previously in the day, an MOU between the University and the Taiwanese Government was signed to facilitate the exchange of talented students.

The delegation spent some time visiting the Electrical and Computer Engineering labs, including the robotics labs. Android robot EveR4 personally welcome Ms Wang, and the team showcased our latest robotics research.