Systems Science Friday Noon Seminar Series



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The talk will present the idea of futuristic robot theatre and work done towards it at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at PSU. After a short history of robot theatre from antiquity until 2008 we will present recent work on robot theatre in the world and at PSU, including two plays: ancient Korean folk tale "Hahoe Pylyshin" and "What's that? A Schroedinger Cat" or a debate between Einstein and Schroedinger Cat about quantum mechanics - an educational theatre. Several models of robot theatre will be discussed: animatronic theatre, interactive theatre and improvisational theatre. We will present the concept of generalized motions and universal event editor to edit robot motions, behaviors, lightings and automated events, as well as partial theories used to design such software tools, including regular expressions and spectral filtering theories. Next the concept of future interactive robot theatre will be presented, together with its underlying theories of pattern recognition and emotional robotics. Human-robot interaction based on recognition of human emotions and generating emotional robot behaviors as well as the method of constructive induction will be briefly discussed. Some ideas for future robot theatres will conclude the presentation. Our goals are to both create a model innovative robot theatre and a theory of robot theatre that would be similar to the theory of film or theory of interactive computer games. We believe that robot theatre will become a new art form and we are interested what are the basic questions related to the art of performing robots. We hope to have an interesting feedback to our ideas from the System Science oriented researchers.

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Marek Perkowski obtained his M.S. degree in Electronics and Ph.D. Degree in automatic control from Institute of Automatic Control, Department of Electronics, Technical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland. He studied also pure mathematics at University of Warsaw. In years 1981-1983 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and since 1983 he works for Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University where he is a full professor and director of Intelligent Robotics Laboratory. He worked for Cypress Semiconductor (co-author of WARP, the first FPGA compiler of VHDL), Intel Supercomputer, Sharp Microelectronics, GTE and other companies in areas of computer architecture, CAD tools for logic synthesis and image processing. Dr. Perkowski invented Kronecker Decision Diagrams and lattices and contributed to logic synthesis software that is used in US industry. In 1994 he worked for Machine Learning group in Wright Laboratories of U.S. Air Force applying logic decomposition as a machine learning approach to pattern recognition and continued this work on several grants. He is an author of more than 300 papers in CAD, logic synthesis, multiple-valued logic, machine learning, robotics and quantum computing. He had visiting professor and visiting scientist positions in the Netherlands, France, Japan and Korea. In years 2002-2004 he was professor in KAIST – Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology where he participated in research on humanoid robotics and quantum computing. He chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Multiple-Valued Logic in years 2003-2005 and is currently chair of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Task Force on Quantum Computing. His main current interests are in quantum circuits and algorithms, humanoid bipeds, emotional quantum robots, robotics for teenagers and Grover algorithm. He collaborates with many groups worldwide.


Robots -- Social aspects, Robots in art, Technology in art, Experimental theater, Automata


Artificial Intelligence and Robotics | Theatre and Performance Studies

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