My Robot Companion

My Robot Companion2011-2012
My Robot Companion

“My Robot Companion” is an interactive video/robotic art installation by artists Alex May and Anna Dumitriu in collaboration with Dr. Michael Walters and Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn from the Adaptive Systems Research Group at Hertfordshire University.

The installation invites visitors to consider what they want from a domestic robot companion, and what should it look like.  In this instance, would a robot that looked somewhat familiar to the people around it set them more or less at ease.

Utilising CHARLY, a research robot created by the ASRG to explore human/robot interactions, and a back-projected robot head created by May and Dumitriu, we present what such a robot might be like.

The piece was originally commissioned by The Science Gallery in Dublin as part of their 2011 “HUMAN+ the future of the species” exhibition


“My Robot Companion” was awarded joint first prize for public understanding of Artificial Intelligence by the AISB (The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour)


February 2012

December 2011

April-June 2011

Further Information – the official project site

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