UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems network (UK-RAS) and the University of Sheffield in partnership with Cyberselves, Consequential Robotics, and the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub (TAS) are proud to bring you The Miro Maze as part of UK Festival of Robotics 2021 activities, taking place 21 – 25 June 2021
What is it?
The MiRo Maze is a new experience in telepresence robotics from Cyberselves, a company developing innovative new software for robotics and education. Initially designed as part of the Sheffield Robotics’ Cyberselves Roadshow, users can take control of a small robot in an immersive, engaging way. Users will see the world from the robot’s eyes, as if they themselves were the robot, and try to navigate their way through the maze.
Cyberselves have teamed up with Consequential Robotics to deliver the telepresence experience through MiRo, Consequential’s biomimetic robot. MiRo-E’s friendly pet-like appearance makes it the perfect social companion, but it is also a sophisticated and technically advanced platform that has many other applications in education and research. Thanks to the latest developments in Cyberselves’ telepresence technology, we can now offer you the chance to try the MiRo Maze in your own browser! The University of Sheffield have agreed to host the MiRo Maze for UK Festival of Robotics 2021 at their landmark Engineering building, the Diamond.
The Miro Maze is a fun and engaging experience for people of any age. It introduces users to ideas and issues in and around robotics, AI, human-robot interaction, virtual reality, and a future of work where robots and variable autonomy are commonplace. University of Sheffield robotics researchers will be on-hand, alongside Cyberselves staff, to discuss these issues and more with audiences.
In the mid-20th century, psychologist Edward Tolman performed many now-famous experiments with rats in various mazes, to learn more about how mammal’s brains understood space.
Today, we are offering human users the chance to find out first hand what it was like to be one of those rats. It’s a lot of fun. But more importantly, it lets us think more about virtual reality, robotics, human psychology, and the future implications of telepresence, of literally being able to project your senses and experience the world from another body.
The Maze and telepresence more generally are part of wider research partnerships and collaborations between Cyberselves and Sheffield Robotics in the areas of psychology, cobotics, haptics, and creating robots for human workplaces.
How do I take part?
To take part in MiRo Maze for UK Festival of Robotics 2021, all you need is an internet connection and a browser. The Maze will be hosted at the Diamond at the University of Sheffield.
We plan to host first round trials 1-4pm Monday to Thursday (21st-24th June). Each competitor will have around 5 minutes practice controlling MiRo before having their turn in the Maze. We will have a leader board and those with the fastest times will be invited to take part in a final round 5-8pm on Friday 25th. All trials will be live broadcast online, alongside interviews and chat about the world of robotics.
Participation is FREE, but places are limited, so register soon. School groups are welcome to get in touch to find out how they can participate. (Taking your turn to control the robot will take around 20 minutes including practice time.)
We’ll send communications out later with more information as to how you register for a specific slot.
If you have any other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org