Robotics - Computers and Emotion

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 20 May 2010, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University


Affective computing is a new and growing field investigating both the modelling and display of artificial emotions on the computer side and the detection of emotion and adaptation to it on the human side. This talk will explain why logic is not enough, and why the integration of computers into human social environments requires exactly these capacities, giving some application examples.


Ruth Aylett is a Professor of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University where she researches affective computing, synthetic characters, human-robot interaction and interactive narrative. Starting in a computer career with ICL, she worked in Micro-Computer Support at Sheffield University in the late 1970s from where she moved to the then Sheffield Polytechnic in the 1980s. She has also worked at the AI Applications Centre in Edinburgh, the Advanced Robotics Research Centre in Salford, and Salford University.