There are more ways of connecting and communicating via technology than ever before. Yet loneliness is on the rise as we begin to experience an 'attachment crisis' in forming and maintaining intimate relationships.
Hear from Hae Won Park, research scientist from the Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab (USA), and learn about her work with social robots.
The Personal Robots Group designs machines that learn and personalise to their users' needs and goals over long-term interaction. They have designed award-winning robots that fit engagingly into peer-to-peer teamwork and family life.
Hae Won Park recently spearheaded the interaction intelligence and deployment in the field for Tega – an adorable storytelling robot to assist children's oral language learning.
This event is part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Living with 21st Century Technology.
Hae Won Park is a research scientist in the Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab. Her work focuses on developing interactive social machines that deeply personalize to their users over a long-term interaction. While doing her PhD at Georgia Tech, she co-founded Zyrobotics, a company that provides inclusive mobile technologies to make learning accessible.