From August 26-31, Manuel Giuliani, Nicole Mirnig, Susanne Stadler and Gerald Stollnberger attended this year’s RO-MAN conference in New York. This year, Ro-MAN was held for the 25th time. The anniversary edition of this well-established conference series was dedicated to acknowledging the progress in the robotics field.

The team presented four papers and covered a variety of emerging topics: “Robot Humor: How Self-Irony and Schadenfreude Influence People’s Rating of Robot Likability” (Nicole), “Augmented Reality for Industrial Robot Programmers: Workload Analysis for Task-based, Augmented Reality-supported Robot Control” (Susanne), “User Requirements for a Medical Robotic System: Enabling Doctors to Remotely Conduct Ultrasonography and Physical Examination” (Gerald); and Gerald’s Paper “Designing User Interfaces for Different User Groups: A Three-way Teleconference System for Doctors, Patients and Assistants Using a Remote Medical Robot” which was nominated for Best Design Paper Award.

Manuel co-organized the 3rd Workshop on Public Space Human-Robot Interaction. The workshop series is intended to explore robots in public space from different perspectives. Nicole co-organized the 2nd Workshop on Evaluation Methods for Standardization in Human-Robot Interaction. This workshop series is dedicated to establishing reliable metrics and benchmarks for social robots.

The talks and workshops were well-received and resulted in a notable media response: