Visiting Researchers to Discuss Study of Communication Between Humans, Robots on April 21

Visiting Researchers to Discuss Study of Communication Between Humans, Robots on April 21

The School of Communication Studies will host a robotics demonstration on the third floor of the Kent State Library, Rm. 330, Friday, April 21, from 2:30-4 p.m.

Chad Edwards, Ph.D., and Autumn Edwards, Ph.D., will discuss the role that perception plays in human-robot interactions. The team investigated the relationships between humans and social robots, giving special attention to identifying whether, to what extent, and under what circumstances human-to-human communication theories apply to interactions with machines.

The scholars are co-directors of the Communication and Social Robotics Labs, a research collaborative between faculty in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University and faculty in the Instructional Communication Division at the University of Kentucky, according to the labs’ website.

Chad is a professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. He is co-author of a textbook entitled “Life in the Communication Age: Connecting and Engaging,” and serves on editorial boards and executive committees for both regional and national organizations, including Central States Communication Association. Autumn, who also works as an associate professor at Western Michigan University, has been published in several edited books and journals, including Communication Education, Computers in Human Behavior, and Communication Studies. She is co-author of a book, entitled “The Communication Age: Connecting and Engaging.”

The lecture and presentation are free and open to the public.

For more information about the demonstration, contact Elizabeth Graham, Ph.D., the director of the Kent State University School of Communication Studies.