UTS is the first university in Australia to acquire a PR2 second generation personal robot, designed to assist individuals to become more productive at work or at home.
It will enable UTS and its research partners to explore new challenges in social robotics and smart digital ecosystems.
UTS Newsroom, 30 April 2012
To try to develop emotions in a robot, Rony Novianto programmed Smokey with a set of innate characteristics similar to personality traits that are imprinted in a human's DNA. These allow Smokey to develop emotionally responses to objects. Smokey had become interested in red objects, so when he saw one he became excited and focused his attention on it. Using innate characteristics Smokey can develop behaviours over time as he interacts with people and objects, creating a unique personality according to his own experiences.
Sydney Morning Herald, 9 October 2010
Rony Novianto has received an Endeavour Research Fellowship Award for $23,500 to work for six months at the University of Lund, Sweden in 2011. Mr Novianto will take Smokey the bear robot, and a NAO robot, with him to continue his work in AI in collaboration with researchers at Lund.
List of award holders can be found here.
QCIS News, 9 November 2010
IBM PhD Fellowships are hard to come by, as UTS PhD student Rony Novianto will attest. Rony is the sole Australian recipient of a 2011 award, thanks to his groundbreaking work on cognitive software architecture. The intensely competitive worldwide fellowship program honours exceptional PhD students working on solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study.
UTS News, 19 April 2011
The 28th documentary series from Beagle, VPRO (a Netherlands broadcasting company) presents a show on "Van homo sapiens naar robo sapiens" (From homo sapiens to robo sapiens). This shows is about the essential difference between man and robot: life. In this show, Sarah Darwin (Charles Darwin's great grand daughter) visits the magic-lab of Professor Mary-Anne Williams and its members in Sydney, Australia. A magic-lab member, Rony Novianto shows that a robot called Smokey can learn emotion. The artificial heart of Smokey beats faster when he sees a red ball. According to Daniel Dennett, blush is involuntary action that revealing about oneself, hence one is more vulnerable. It is a good idea to make the robot agents vulnerable because they need our trusts and respects.
VPRO Beagle, 14 April 2010