It all started when Artie appeared in the first instalment of The Big Idea series broadcast by Fox 5 news in the US. UK media interest was piqued and since then Artie has hardly been out of the limelight. His credits include:
- BBC Breakfast and Newsround – Artie was interviewed along with Head of Department Nigel Crook
- BBC Radio Oxford – Artie co-hosted the drive time show with David Prever and Nigel was interviewed.
- ITV Meridian came to Wheatley to film Artie and another robot Eddie; interview with Nigel and students in the new robotics lab.
- BBC South Today – interview with Nigel, Steve Barker, one of the CCT researchers and Artie at the Ashmolean Museum ahead of the Live Friday event at the museum.
- Artie wows the crowds at the Live Friday event at the Ashmolean Museum.
- BBC Radio Oxford (again!) – Artie and Nigel were interviewed for the Breakfast Show
- Channel 4 has invited Artie and Nigel onto their Sunday Brunch programme.
But Artie isn’t just a media star. He is fully interactive, multilingual and user-friendly, a powerful and versatile research platform that comes with a range of tools, making him accessible to both novices and those conducting cutting-edge research in human-robot interaction. A web-based interface means that students are able to remotely access and control the robot. Nigel Crook says the department’s vision is “to develop robots that you can have a conversation with, that can help you to solve a problem or that can work with you to achieve something you couldn’t achieve on your own.” It looks like he’s made a promising start!
Artie pays a visit to the BBC
On Monday 10 March the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies humanoid robot Artie paid a visit to BBC shows BBC Breakfast and Newsround
Whilst on the show BBC breakfast Artie performed pre-programmed responses to questions asked by the presenters. The Head of Department Nigel Crook talked about research being conducted by the Department as well as the direction of human-robot interaction research. Whilst on the show Nigel commented that “The research that we’re doing at Oxford Brookes University is in studying how we can improve and extend human robot interaction so that somebody could stand in front of him and ask that question and not get a pre-programmed answer. That the robot would be able to understand what was said and respond intelligently.”
Following a visit on BBC breakfast Nigel Crook stopped by Newsround, a programme aimed at children and teenagers. Nigel spoke with Newsround presenter Ayshah about new advances in robotics research as well as the current limitations of robots.
Artie joined the Department in autumn 2013 to be part of the new Intelligent Systems Engineering Research Centre and new laboratory where researchers at Oxford Brookes University work to tackle some of the biggest issues in the field of robotics.
Following his BBC debut Artie has been asked to appear on various other BBC radio and TV shows – more details in due course!
- Watch the BBC Breakfast piece here.
- See Nigel Crook on Newsround.
- Find out more about the Intelligent Systems Engineering Research Centre.