The widespread use of service robots has been predicted to be “just around the corner” for decades. This project seeks to overcome the prevailing technical and social hurdles to deploying these robots by building and studying them in communities where they will be used rather than just in laboratories and warehouses. The team will begin its work designing robots for use on UT Austin’s campus in university libraries and other facilities. The goal is to design these robots in a way that upholds human values, does not cause unintentional harm, and improves campus quality of life and productivity. With these elements in place, this project will help create a new model for human-machine partnerships.
Samuel Baker (Co-Lead, English), Peter Stone (Co-Lead, Computer Science), Justin Hart (Co-Lead, Computer Science). Elliott Hauser (Co-Lead, School of Information), Joydeep Biswas (Co-Lead, Computer Science), Aaron Choate (Co-Lead, UT Libraries), Junfeng Jiao (Co-Lead, Architecture), Katie Pierce Meyer (Co-Lead, UT Libraries), Luis Sentis (Co-Lead, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics), Samantha Shorey (Co-Lead, Communication Studies), Keri Stephens (Co-Lead, Communication Studies), Maria Esteva (Texas Advanced Computing Center), Adam Klivans (Computer Science), Azubike Okpalaeze (Huston-Tillotson University, Computer Science), Abena Primo (Huston-Tillotson University, Computer Science)