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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TV reporter comes to Waldo for article on the robot project.

The Telepresence Robot in Waldo Library was interviewed this afternoon by FOX TV 17 News. May Chang, Associate Dean of Information Technology, and librarians Pat VanderMeer and LuMarie Guth of University Libraries assisted in the discussion of the collaborative program to test the social interaction of the robot with students and assist in answering reference questions. An article may be on the 5pm, 6pm or online news today. Here is now the online video article: http://fox17online.com/2015/11/24/wmu-students-helped-by-library-robot/

They shot video of the robot roaming and interacting with patrons. The reporter tried the controls himself, by being the face of the robot. This collaborative project looks at human robot interaction by the Communication and Social Robotics Lab in the WMU College of Arts and Sciences and goes through November. Project news release link.