CITEC’s Robot Head Floka at Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

Exhibition Opening on 27 October / Family Day for Artificial Intelligence & Robots on 28 October

The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn is renovating and expanding its permanent exhibition on artificial intelligence and robots – and the robot head Floka from the Cluster of Excellence CITEC will be part of the exhibition. The new permanent exhibition “Mensch, Roboter! – Leben mit Künstlicher Intelligenz und Robotik” (Man, Robots! Living with Artificial Intelligence and Robotics) will be open to visitors starting on the 27th of October. A CITEC team will also be taking part at a Family Day on the 28th of October, showing to visitors what Pepper the household robot can do.

The Floka robot head from CITEC will be displayed along robot heads from all around the world starting on 27 October at the HNF museum in Paderborn. The Family Day at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) will take place on Sunday, 28 October, from 10am–6pm and is all about artificial intelligence and robotics. Various stations and games will guide kids through the museum. In addition to this, a CITEC team of researchers and students will demonstrate the skills their household service robot Pepper mastered at the RoboCup robotics world championship in Montreal, including taking orders and serving drinks. This past June at RoboCup, the team won the title of world champion in the household service league with Pepper.

The head of Floka the robot, which was developed at CITEC, will be on display as part of the new permanent exhibition on artificial intelligence and robotics. Floka’s big, wide-eyes and round face give it a child-like and friendly appearance to the world. Floka was based on the robot head Flobi, which was also developed at CITEC. Both of these research prototypes were created by CITEC researchers in order to analyze what people pay attention to in their communication with robots. At the same time, they also study how a robot head has to be designed to best facilitate interaction with it for humans, making communication with a robot as natural as it would be with a person. In one example at CITEC, the robot head is used on a service robot for research at CITEC’s experimental smart apartment. In addition to the robot head, visitors can view videos that go into greater detail about the exhibition.

At the Quiz Arena, which is a new area of the exhibition, visitors can put what they know about digitalization, information technology, and robotics to the test, and some of these questions also deal with research at the Cluster of Excellence CITEC.

More information is available online at:
Family Day on 28 October: www.hnf.de/familientag2018
About the new permanent exhibition at the HNF: www.hnf.de/veranstaltungen/mensch-roboter.html
CITEC’s RoboCup team: www.cit-ec.de/en/tobi