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Social Robots Creating a More Inclusive Society

Do robots like ice cream for breakfast? Probably not a question that’s crossed your mind, but on 13 and 14 May a group of researchers from MACS and SoSS posed it to members of the public visiting the Glasgow Science Centre.

That is, Alyx the robot was out on show, asking passers-by if they could offer her some food for consideration. Visitors lined up to offer Alyx a range of items for breakfast (including an ice-cream). Having considered their offerings Alyx produced a facial expression to show her preference.

Our analysis shows that there are certain facial expressions Alyx produces that are read similarly to a human face
Dr Peter McKenna, Research Associate

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