I'm a research fellow in the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems at Plymouth
University. My research interests are in human-robot
interaction, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and planning.
I'm particulary interested in social interaction
between human-human or human-robot pairs, with a current focus
on mutual gaze and basic interaction behaviors such as
turn-taking. Previously, I was a research fellow in the Adaptive Systems Research
Group at the University of
Before coming to England, I did my PhD at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, co-advised by Reid Simmons and Illah Nourbakhsh. My thesis research was on the design of time-dependent POMDP models to produce policies that allowed an agent to interact with people in an appropriate manner in ambiguous socially situated tasks. If you're interested, you can find the full document here.
For a more detailed overview of my interests and approach, see this brief research statement.
I am currently part of the ROBOT-ERA project. ROBOT-ERA's goal is to improve the independence and quality of life of elderly users through the development of assistive robotic platforms and intelligent environments. I am working on multimodal, speech-based interfaces for HRI with elderly users.
- ITALK (completed)
I conducted research as part of the ITALK project to investigate the
role of human mutual gaze in face-to-face conversational
interaction in order to inform the design of more socially appropriate gaze policies for human-robot interaction.
- RobotCub (completed)
I conducted research as part of the RobotCub project extending the Interaction History Architecture (IHA), a developmentally inspired learning architecture. I added a model of short-term memory to IHA to support learning action sequences for simple turn-taking games by a humanoid robot through interaction with a human teacher. Video of the iCub learning turn-taking behaviors through an interaction game that was demonstrated as part of the project's final review can be found here.
I am co-teaching Introduction to Cognitive Robotics (ROCO 314/502) this spring with Dr. Anthony Morse.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
"Gaze in Human-Robot Communication," F. Broz, H. Lehmann, B. Mutlu, and Y. Nakano, eds. (to appear)
- F. Broz, H. Lehmann, C. L. Nehaniv, and K. Dautenhahn. "Automated
Analysis of Mutual Gaze in Human Conversational Pairs," Eye
Gaze in Intelligent User Interfaces. Y. Nakano, C.
Conati, and T. Bader, eds. Springer, 2013.
Journal Issues Edited:
"Special Issue on Gaze in Human-Robot Communication," F. Broz, H. Lehmann, B. Mutlu, and Y. Nakano, eds. Interaction Studies, Vol 14. no. 3.
- F. Broz, A. Di Nuovo, T. Belpaeme, and A. Cangelosi. "Talking about Task Progress: Towards Integrating Task Planning and Dialog for Assistive Robotic Services." Paladyn Journal of Behavioral Robotics, Special Issue on Assistive Robotics (in press).
- F. Broz, et al. "The ITALK Project: A Developmental Robotics Approach to the Study of Individual, Social, and Linguistic Learning." Topics in Cognitive Science, Special Issue on Action and Language Integration: From Humans to Cognitive Robots Vol 6, Issue 3, pp 534-544.
- F. Broz, H. Lehmann, B. Mutlu, and Y. Nakano. "Introduction to the Special Issue on Gaze in Human-Robot Communication," Interaction Studies, Vol 14, no 3.(PDF)
- F. Broz, I. Nourbakhsh, R. Simmons. "Planning for Human-Robot Interaction in Socially Situated Tasks: The Impact of Representing Time and Intention," International Journal of Social Robotics, Vol. 5. no. 2: 193-214. (PDF)
- F. Broz, H. Lehmann, C. L. Nehaniv, and K. Dautenhahn.
"Mutual Gaze, Personality, and Familiarity: Dual Eye-Tracking During Conversation," Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man), 2012.
Nominated for best paper award.
- F. Broz, I. Nourbakhsh, R. Simmons. "Designing POMDP Models of Socially Situated Tasks," Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man), 2011.
- A. Azarbadegan, F. Broz, and C. L. Nehaniv. "Evolving Sims's Creatures for Bipedal Gait," Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life (IEEE-ALIFE), 2011.
This paper is the work of an Msc student I supervised.
- F. Broz, I. Nourbakhsh, R. Simmons. "Planning for
Human-Robot Interaction Using Time-State Aggregated POMDPs",
Proceedings of Conference for American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2008.
Workshop Papers and Posters:
- F. Broz et al. "Designing Robotic Services for the Elderly: Re-examining Assumptions," Workshop on Socially Assistive Robots for the Aging Population: Are we trapped in stereotypes? ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) 2014.
F. Broz and H. Lehmann. "Do we need compassion in robots?" Workshop on Taking Care of Each Other: Snchronisation and Reciprocity for Social Companion Robots. International Confernce on Social Robotics (ICSR) 2013.
F. Broz, A. G. Di Nuovo, T. Belpaeme, and A. Cangelosi. "Multimodal Robot Feedback for Eldercare," Robot Feedback in Human-Robot Interaction: How to Make a Robot "Readable" for a Human Interaction Partner Workshop at RO-MAN, 2012. (PDF)
- H. Kose-Bagci, F. Broz, Q. Shen, K. Dautenhahn, and C. L. Nehaniv,
"As Time Goes by: Representing and Reasoning About Timing in
Human-Robot Interaction Studies", Proceedings of It's All in the Timing: Representing and Reasoning About Time in Interactive Behavior, AAAI Spring Symposium Series, 2010.
Invited Talks and Tutorials:
- F. Broz, "Planning for Human-Robot Interaction: Representing Time and Intention." Invited talk at Workshop on Embodied Communication of Goals and Intentions at International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), Oct 27, 2013, Bristol, UK.
- F. Broz and H. Lehmann, "Eye-tracking for Roboticists," Tutorial at International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction, 2013, Christ's College, Cambridge, UK.
- F. Broz, H. Kose-Bagci, C. L. Nehaniv, and K. Dautenhahn "Interaction Histories with Short Term Memory: Learning Turn-taking Behavior with a Childlike Humanoid Robot." Invited talk at IEEE Robotics and Automation Chapter (UKRI): 1st UK Symposium on Cognitive Robotics and Learning, Oct 20, 2010, University of Manchester, UK.
- F. Broz. "Representing Time in Markov Models," Presented at "It's All in the Timing: Representing and Reasoning About Time in Interactive Behavior." Tutorial presented at American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Spring Symposium Series, 2010, Stanford University, USA.
I will be demonstrations co-chair for HRI 2016.
I am co-editing a special issue of the International Journal of Social Robotics on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for Active and Heathly Ageing.
I was publications co-chair for HRI 2015.
I co-organized the workshop on New Frontiers of Service Robotics for the Elderly at Ro-Man 2014.
I co-edited a special issue of Interaction Studies on Gaze in Human-Human and Human-Robot Communication. The issue will be published in spring 2014.
I co-organized the workshop HRI Face-to-Face at HRI 2013.
I co-organized the workshop Gaze in HRI: From Modeling to Communication at HRI 2012. The full proceedings are available on the workshop website.
I was co-chair for late breaking reports for HRI 2012.
I co-organized a special session on "Social Gaze: From Human-Human to Human-Robot Interaction" at ICDL-EpiRob 2011. This interdisciplinary session brought together researchers in child development, neuroscience and robotics to discuss the social role of gaze in human interaction and human development. (PDF of abstracts)
I served on the senior program committee for IJCAI 2011.
I served on the program committee for the DUET 2011: Dual Eye Tracking in CSCW Workshop at ECSCW 2011.
I co-organized It's All in the Timing: Representing and Reasoning About Time in Interactive Behavior, which was part of the AAAI 2010 Spring Symposium Series. You can find the program of the symposium and the papers presented on our webpage.
I'm in the planning stages of starting up a dorkbot chapter in Plymouth. Get in touch if you're interested.
I haven't been involved in making any art lately, but I'm open to collaborating with artists when my schedule allows. Here is some video and an article about the largest project I've been involved in, Reach, Robot. This collaboration with composer/choreographer Grisha Collins and architect Matthew Schlueb and was supported by a BigBot grant from Robot250.
For less recent publications, visit my old CMU home page.
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