Christian Becker-Asano

[B]elievable [A]ndroids

Robot videos

Robotics related videos of my work.


"MARCO @ UFreiburg":

In 2014 we started to build "MARCO", the Multimodal Autonomous RoboChess Opponent". Below you find related videos with newest first. Have fun!

Click to download in MP4 format (47.75MB)

We demonstrated MARCO at ICMI2014 in Istanbul, Turkey, and won the Outstanding Demo Award. (Watch this video on youtube, if you like.)

In that configuration we realized:

  • a few display movements
  • emotional facial expressions driven by WASABI based on the evaluation of the board
  • detection of and recovering from "invalid moves" by the human player (at least to some extend)

Next steps / improvements:

  • change the display for a bigger one
  • implement many more agent  behaviors based on a newly invented animation framework
  • finish integration of NOVA framework
  • possibly integrate the IntraFace tracking software
  • devise and conduct empirical studies


Click to download in MP4 format (21.66MB)

My colleague Julien Hué played against the prototype version of MARCO on July 3rd, 2014.

What's still missing:

  • The agent on the display in the back is not moving and not reacting (emotionally) to what is happening. But it's "alive" as you can tell by its eyes blinking (thanks to Matthieu Courgeon).
  • Human players have to always pick and place pieces on the DGT board, because when pushing pieces over the board, the system receives too many signals. We are working on that part.
  • The clock is not in use, but in the end both players should use the clock for Blitz-chess.

Click to download in MP4 format (10.46MB)

An early version of Marco demonstrated to young visitors in May 2014. In the beginning, we use a custom built android app to operate the display rotation. With explanations in German..

Previous version of MARCO:

Click to download in MP4 format (17.18MB)

It can also be controlled from a remote place using the server and any client. Thus, someone can play against me using the robot arm to move his or her pieces here in Freiburg.


"DARYL @ Freiburg City":

"Tele-operation in the wild": In Summer 2013 Severin Gustorff and I brought the mildly-humanized robot DARYL to Freiburg City.

Click to download in MP4 format (11.83MB)

During the Science goes Public initiative of the University people could tele-operate DARYL using the Sony HMZ-T1 head-mounted display. The feedback was quite positive.


Checker Tobi "Robots":

"Geminoid HI-1 tele-operation from Freiburg, Germany", on air in Summer 2015, topics "Robots and emotions" and "Android robots", among others.

Click to download in MP4 format (26.2MB)

Compilation of the relevant parts of the complete show ;)

Androids (ATR in Kyoto):

"A laughing Geminoid HI-1", December 2009: the android Geminoid HI-1 laughing during the Ultimatum Game. How does she feel about Geminoid?

Click to download in FLV format (10.58MB)

"Geminoid HI-1 @ ARS Electronica", September 2009: Geminoid during the ARS Electronica exhibition in Linz. I controlled it and had fun with the visitors! (We also used this setup for research, of course..)

Click to download in FLV format (7.17MB)

"Geminoid HI-1 @ ATR":

Hendrik Scharfe has interviewed me at ATR, Japan.

Click to download in FLV format (8.28MB)

"Geminoid DK": In 2010 he got his own Geminoid copy "Geminoid DK".

"Post Human TNA version" (by Robert Iolini for ABC Radio Australia, 2011):

Audio Art. Cyborgs, Androids and Humans. Late night dream time radio, featuring Hiroshi Ishiguro - Geminoid, Donna Haraway - Cyborg Manifesto, William Gibson - Neuromancer, Commissioned by The Night Air for Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Click to download in MP3 format (27.49MB)

 "Geminoid F: Facial display of emotions": Just before I left ATR in June 2010, I had the chance to model some facial expressions for Geminoid F.

Click to download in FLV format (2.82MB)

Results of an online survey with static expressions of Geminoid F can be found here.


Social Robots & Androids (ATR in Kyoto):

"Robovie Survey", twelve different types of laughter: Which fits best? (see here for some results)

Click to download in FLV format (3.07MB)

Click to download in FLV format (2.82MB)

Female laughter for Robovie II and Robovie R2

Male laughter for Robovie II and Robovie R2

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