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Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar: Emotional Humanoid Robots
Friday, September 29, 2006 - 2:00pm to Friday, September 29, 2006 - 3:50pm

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science presents as part of the ECE507 Seminar fall 2006 Series: Emotional Humanoid Robots.

Title: "Emotional Humanoid Robots"

Speaker: Dr. Marek Perkowski, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, PSU

Date: September 29, 2006

Time: 2:00 - 3:50 p.m.

Location: Cramer Hall, Room 53

This series is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (503) 725-3806 or

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Future home robots, entertainment robots, and assistive robots (for disabled, elderly, children, etc.) will interact with humans in real-world environments. Such robots will perceive the state of the world by speech recognition and sound analysis, computer vision, and various specialized sensors. To help the non-sophisticated user to understand them, the robots will be humanoid and will use human-like gesticulation, facial emotions, and speech synthesis in human-robot interaction. The lecture will present fundamental research problems in humanoid robotics and will discuss models of emotional behaviors that are used in them. Various logics of emotions will be discussed and videos of robot behaviors will be shown. Research projects open to new students at PSU will be presented.

Speaker Biography

Marek Perkowski received his Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland in 1980. He was an assistant professor in the electrical engineering department at Warsaw Technical University and visiting assistant professor at the University of Minnesota from 1980 to 1983.

In 1983, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University where he was promoted in 1994 to full professor. He was also visiting professor at Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands; University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France; Kyushu Institute of Technology, Iizuka, Japan; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Republic of Korea; and Hanbat National University, Daejeon, Korea. Dr. Perkowski has worked as summer professor for several companies, including Intel Corporation, Sharp Microelectronics, Cypress Semiconductor, GTE Laboratories, and others. He developed a machine learning methodology working for Wright Laboratories, U.S.Air Force, in Dayton, Ohio and on several grants. He co-authored the first VHDL compiler for FPGAs - WARP and several other CAD tools for logic synthesis. He has been chair of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Multiple-Valued Logic and is now chair of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Task Force on Quantum Computing. His research interests are in design automation for reversible, asynchronous, and quantum circuits, intelligent robotics, humanoid robots, emotional interactive robots, and robot theatre.