Mari Velonaki

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Professor Mari Velonaki is building a future where robots enhance humanity and have a positive impact on society, writes Susanna Smith.

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UNSW's Creative Robotics Lab and the Fuji Xerox Research Technology Group have developed a social robot designed to promote creativity and collaboration in the workplace.

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UNSW is offering the first undergraduate Social Robotics course in Australia, giving students the opportunity to design robots that engage emotionally with humans.

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Australians trust robots more than do the Japanese, rating the androids higher for likeability and intelligence, research by UNSW's Creative Robotics Lab has found.

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Life-size robots interacted with guests at the launch of Australasia’s first cross-disciplinary robotics laboratory at the College of Fine Arts. VIDEO

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A diminutive feminine humanoid that interacts with onlookers is challenging our perceptions of technology.