Talking Robotics


Organizers: Patrícia Alves-Oliveira,
Silvia Tulli, Miguel Vasco
contact us: talkingrobotics at gmail dot com — support us: buymeacoffe

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Talking Robotics is a series of virtual seminars about Robotics and its interaction with other relevant fields, such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Design Research, Human-Robot Interaction, among others. We aim to promote reflections, dialogues, and a place to network.


Talking Robotics happens virtually and bi-weekly, i.e., every other week, allocating 30 min for presentation and 30 min for Q&A and networking. Sessions have a roundtable format where everyone is welcome to share ideas. Recordings and materials are shared in this website.

Talks Schedule

Check our calendar or download the .ics

Upcoming Talks

1st October 2021
Daniel Brown - details - zoom link
"Leveraging Human Input for Robust Robot Learning"

15th October 2021
Micah Corah

29th October 2021
Marynel Vazquez

12th November 2021
Ilaria Torre

26th November 2021
Fethiye Irmak Dogan

7th January 2022
Tony Belpaeme

Past Talks

17th September 2021
Nikhita Singh - details
“Robots in the Wild: From Academia to Industry”

9th July 2021
Elin Bjorling - details
“How Qualitative Methods Will Save Us from Designing the Wrong Robot : A Teenage Use Case”

25th June 2021
Tanvi Dinkar - details
“Representations of fillers and discourse markers in SLU: a psycholinguistic approach”

18th June 2021
Jauwaria Nasir - details
“What if Social Robots look for Productive Engagement? - Automated assessment of goal-centric engagement in learning applications”

28th May 2021
Prashan Madumal - details
“Causal Explanations for Reinforcement Learning Agents”

14th May 2021
Shiwali Mohan - details
“Using Insights about Human Cognition to Design Social Robots”

7th May 2021
Christoforos Mavrogiannis - details
“Formalizing the Structure of Multiagent Domains for Autonomous Robot Navigation in Human Spaces”

30th April 2021
Shruti Chandra - details
“Child-Robot Interaction: Learning and Playing with Social Robots”

16th April 2021
Tesca Fitzgerald - details
“Human-guided Task Transfer for Interactive Robots”

2nd April 2021
Filipa Correia - details
“Group Intelligence on Social Robots”

19th March 2021
Ross Mead - details
“Bringing Robots To Life”

5th March 2021
Kim Baraka - details
“Humans and Robots Teaching and Learning through Social Interaction”

19th February 2021
Nils Hagberg - details
“A call for a Human Approach to Technology”

5th February 2021
Glenda Hannibal - details
“Trust in HRI: Probing Vulnerability as an Active Precondition”

22th January 2021
Carl Mueller - details
“Robot Learning from Demonstration Driven Constrained Skill Learning & Motion Planning”

15th January 2021
Daniel Rakita - details
“Methods and Applications for Generating Accurate and Feasible Robot-arm Motions in Real-time”

8th January 2021
Barbara Bruno - details
“Culture-Aware Robotics”

18th December 2020
David Porfirio - details
“Authoring Social Interactions Between Humans and Robots

11th December 2020
Nikolas Martelaro - details
“Remote User Research for Human-Robot Interaction”

27th November 2020
Manuel Bied - details
“Integrating an Observer in Interactive Reinforcement Learning to Learn Legible Trajectories”

13th November 2020
Natalia Calvo - details
“How children build a trust model of a social robot in the first encounter?”

30th October 2020
Taras Kucherenko - details
“Gesticulating Agents: Why and How?”

16th October 2020
Homanga Bharadhwaj - details
“Learning RL policies adaptive to variations in the environment”

2nd October 2020
Naomi Fitter - details
“Everything I Know about Telepresence”

25th September 2020
Hang Yin - details
“Efficient Representations in Learning Visual Planning and Contact-rich Tasks”

4th September 2020
Michael Jae-Yoon Chung - details
“Iterative Repair of Social Robot Programs from Implicit User Feedback via Bayesian Inference”