Tuesday, July 24 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
Tech Rec in the Student Center
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Rebecca Keane
Director of Communications
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

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“Ladies, gentlemen, boys, and girls. Come one, come all. Sneak a peek at the greatest robot performers of the future. With your help, they will be ready for the main stage and dazzling the crowds in no time. Teach our robots how to improvise in virtual reality. Help us create the comedic superstars of tomorrow.”

The Expressive Machinery Lab (formerly the ADAM Lab), directed by Brian Magerko, presents a preview of the Robot Improv Circus – a virtual reality installation where participants will collaborate with a robotic virtual stage partner to play the Props Game.

“Understanding creativity is important as there are many domains where creative AI agents could support or assist novices, such as filmmaking, design and artistic creation. I am also interested in studying the role of emotion, social cognition and cognitive blending in human creativity.”  Mikhail Jacob, Ringmaster

In the Props Game, players improvise comedic actions using abstract props while pretending they are familiar real-world objects. In the Robot Improv Circus, there is a virtual character who will observe how people improvise actions with abstract props and learn how to improvise by generalizing from their examples. This installation is part of research into understanding how AI agents can make decisions in open-ended improvisational scenarios. It deals specifically with scenarios where AI agents may be faced with a very large set of potential actions to take and no single, clearly defined goal that allows them to choose an action in a realistic timeframe.

The work-in-progress installation is being exhibited at the Tech Rec space in the Student Center from 10 am - 4 pm on July 23rd, 24th, and 27th in a limited release in order to get user feedback. Participants must be 15 years or older to participate due to research restrictions.

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