Back in 2013 ZenFri worked with a group of researches from the University of Manitoba’s HCI Labs, on an NCERC Funded project about human empathy towards computer controlled characters presented across animation, augmented reality and robotics.

This research, lead by Professor Jim Young  and Stela H. Seo, has produced a paper titled  “Poor Thing! Would You Feel Sorry for a Simulated Robot? A comparison of empathy toward a physical and a simulated robot.

We’re pleased and excited to announce that this paper has been accepted for full presentation and publication in the 2015 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2015).

From the HRI website: “The HRI Conference is a highly selective annual international conference that aims to showcase the very best interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in human-robot interaction with roots in and broad participation from communities that include but not limited to robotics, human-computer interaction, human factors, artificial intelligence, engineering, and social and behavioral sciences.”

The links to the paper will be posted when we are able to do so.

We’ll leave you with a picture of part the team way back in the early planning phases, featuring (from left to right) Jim Young, our very own Corey King and Stela H. Seo.