Ullanta Performance Robotics
Why Robotic Theater?
One of the most impressive features of behavior based robots is their
ability to look like living, intelligent critters
that adapt to elements of their environments. Distributed,
multi-agent, social robotics aims to generate more interesting robotic
behavior through the design and study of systems involving numerous
agents. Emotional robotics seeks to understand how emotion influences
both individual and social behavior. Artistically, I see performance
robotics as the use of these new technologies and concepts to create
new experiences in theater - and new challenges for scriptwriters and
directors. As a roboticist, I see public performance of aesthetically
designed pieces to be a challenging testbed for the abovementioned
research areas. Robotic performance pieces, which have to appeal to
audiences and take place at scheduled times, demand a standard of
robustness, adaptivity, and interaction that few laboratory
experiments display. The casting of robots in dramatic roles,as a
side benefit, allows us some justification for the anthropomorphizing
all us robot-folk tend to do...
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