Dr Ayse Kucukyilmaz discusses human-robot collaboration in Seminar Series talk

Join us for the March talk in the 2021/22 AgriFoRwArdS Seminar Series at 3pm on Friday 18th March 2022 on Zoom, using the link below


Presenter: Dr Ayse Kucukyilmaz / Assistant Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Nottingham University

Title: Dynamic Role Allocation and Shared Control in Human-Robot Collaborative Teamwork

Abstract: Autonomous abilities of robots in complex environments, dealing with intricate clutters of unknown objects or when working physically with humans, has been limited despite developments in robotic technologies. Unfortunately, existing interactions within current human-robot systems are still artificial and highly constrained when compared to natural human-human collaboration. Shared control in human-human collaboration can be characterized by a continuous and prolonged allocation of roles within the team. In this talk, I will discuss our research on dynamic role allocation techniques to enable human-robot teamwork in close physical contact and present our work on learning from human demonstrations for shared control. I will elaborate on if and how the use of haptics will enhance the communication and interaction capabilities in collaborative robots. I will conclude my talk with a short discussion of aspects of trust in human-robot interaction.

Speaker Bio: Dr Ayse Kucukyilmaz is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, UK and an affiliate member of Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems at the University of Lincoln. Her research interests include haptics, physical HRI, assistive robotics, and machine learning. Her current work is on human-in-the loop learning and shared control in the haptic teleoperation domain. Previously, Dr Kucukyilmaz worked as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science in University of Lincoln, UK, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Personal Robotics Laboratory of Imperial College London. She was a visiting researcher at the Information-Oriented Control group in Technical University of Munich in 2011. She received her Ph.D. in Computational Sciences and Engineering from Koc University in 2013, and B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Engineering from Bilkent University in 2004 and 2007. She was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award at her graduation from Koc University in 2013, and has received fellowships from EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and TUBITAK, and holds grants from EPSRC and CHIST-ERA.