I have been thinking about my future lab name (or I can announce its virtual existence from today on August 25, 2015). I would like to call it the E.T. Lab, which stands for Emotion and Technology. This name also makes me think of the cool alien movie character. Currently I am particularly interested in human emotions toward robots, but at certain point, robots will need to find its place in the bigger picture in Technology. After all, robot is one type of technology. Two example questions would be: What makes robots robots that are different from other technologies? What common things do robots share with other technologies when it comes to interaction with humans?
Lixiao Huang, a human factors scientist who is enthusiastic about human-robot interaction research.