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21
Feb
08

Aftermath

The three days of madness that was the Walking with Robots engagement training workshop is over. Does that mean the end of this blog? That’s up to the roboticists and AI researchers who took part. Personally, I hope they continue it – I’m fascinated to know what they come up with over the next weeks and months.

No pressure, folks.

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20
Feb
08

robots making music @Bristol

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“COOL”: definitely the response Vivek Murali Thiyagarasan wanted when going out on to the floor at @Bristol. There was an interactive presentation on robots; what are they? what are they used for? where are robots? All sorts of questions were flying around, in all directions – “what’s that?”; “wow, is that?”
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Several different demonstrations which not only made participants of all ages think again about robots, and Artificial Intelligence but posed further questions which they could take away. Many @Bristol staff were around to help the researchers and even they were intrigued. “A very impressive collection of acts” says John; “lots of interesting experiments”.
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Oliver Bown had a computer making music. Each kid joyfully says “robots can make music” after jumping straight in-front of the exhibit. Not only were the kids amazed at all manners of music coming out of the computer, but so was Oliver …

20
Feb
08

demonstration preparations

Today is the day of days, the day where everyone has to go out on to the exhibit and bring his science to the public. The lads over at the ‘Demonstrations & Hands on exhibits’ department have done some special preparations for that. Being able to craft some shiny gadgetry is one thing, being able to sell it to an audience is a whole different story. A good stage presence is hard to achieve and there are several things to be aware of. This game teaches the scientists how to be aware of little annoying habits, that a person might have:

If you are up on the stage trying to demonstrate your topic, you need to be confident in yourself and your research. Having the confidence to simply jump on to the stage full of confidence seems to be difficult to achieve, but actually it isn’t! Here you can see how:

19
Feb
08

how to start a business in the robotics industry

How to start a business in the robotics industry is an interesting question and also very important for the development of robotics. This morning, the dialogue and debate stream starts their real debates with this sizzling topic.

19
Feb
08

Fantastic Group

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Near the noon of the day 2 in the workshop, Debate & Dialog gave a fantastic prsentation to show what they are doing actually.  “project planning” in their schecule finally are explained well.  Each group plan to organize an event. Finally, they gave presentation of their planning. The pannel member asked question and gave feedback. They use a very intelligent trainning approache to enable group member to understand what is dialog, discussion and debate. At the same time, group member also get the experience how to plan an event. How brilliant idea and how fantastic group!

19
Feb
08

Character Building

The guys over at the Talks & Presentation division are busy building characters. The focus on this noon’s exercise was how to capture the audience by using gestures. ‘How does such a character building exercise look like?’ you might ask. Well, fear not because we had our reporters at the scene covering for you! Here are some insights on the tasks that were performed:
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Trying to find out basic movements is hard. For some reason more than half of the group resorted to a punching movement, but luckily there weren’t any casualties involved.

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Building a stage presence is also important to capture the audience. The demonstrated poses might look extraordinary, but they sure capture your attention, don’t they?

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Building up your stage presence is not as stressful as pointing guns at each other, but building up a scene sure is demanding.

19
Feb
08

Talks & Presentation stream: breathing

Day 2

WOW!!! Steve seems to have come ready for a war!! Look at his outfit!! Todays acitivties were centred on how to interact with the public using physical theatre, drama and mime.

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Basically, during the morning, they were doing some relaxing stuff… breathing, moving their hands around the body. Everybody looked to be in other world, thinking in some beautiful place rather than being worried about tomorrow, the big day!?!

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Afterwards, they were doing mimic by imagining a very big piece of gold in front of them, they had to pick it up and imagine how heavy was it. One of the members was very ambitious and stole the block in one of he pockets!!

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Another exercise was about imagining a table in front of them and starting to move around this table, they had to leave their hands in the same place where they put them, but some of them did not manage to accomplish it.

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10 minutes before break…

MUAAAAAA!! was the sound they were making, everyone in Walking With Robots was amazed and curious about what was happening there, the humming sounds were too loud that everybody was laughing at them. This exercise was intended to warm up the voice in order to have a good voice level on the presentation day and to fill the space with sound in the auditorium…

Real words: interview with one of the TP&S participants….

“It was fun, I had fun there doing the excercises. The time went by very fast”, she said. And added, “It is quite amazing what is happening there…”