Frank Broz

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 Hertfordshire.

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.

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I am co-teaching Introduction to Cognitive Robotics (ROCO 314/502) this spring with Dr. Anthony Morse.

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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.

Older Stuff:

For less recent publications, visit my old CMU home page.
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