Magic Robot Interaction

A project by Marco Tempest
Magic Robot Interaction

Can a magician and a robot collaborate on stage to create a believable, evocative performance?
We are studying how the quality of robot movement, perceived robot agency, and blended static/dynamic interactivity between a robot and human performer might influence an audience’s emotional state and belief in the validity of a robot character during a performance.

Research Questions
– What is the affect space for a human-magician performance?
– Can we improve on current robot animation techniques by including computational choreography and aesthetics influenced motion planning in ways that lead to desired emotional reactions in observed human-robot collaboration?
– What are challenges and opportunities when designing human-robot performances? Can we generate a new class of tools and approaches that facilitate artistic and functional robot programming by non-experts?