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!

  • Up Next MARCO without virtual agent (earliest version)
    The beginning of the MARCO chess robot project.
  • Up Next MARCO music video version
    MARCO on July 3, 2014.
  • Up Next MARCO earlier version
    An early version of Marco demonstrated to young visitors in May 2014. In the beginning, we use a...
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    Up Next MARCO presented at ICMI 2014
    Chess robot "MARCO" demonstrated at the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction in...

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

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.


DARYL @ Freiburg City

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

  • Up Next Zoomorphic robot Daryl tele-operated in public
    During the Science goes Public initiative of the University people could tele-operate DARYL...


"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)


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    Up Next Geminoid F facial expressions
    "Geminoid F: Facial display of emotions": Just before I left ATR in June 2010, I had the chance...
  • Up Next Geminoid interview by Henrik Scharfe (2009)
    Hendrik Scharfe has interviewed me at ATR, Japan.
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    Up Next Geminoid HI-1 playing the Ultimatum Game and laughing
    "A laughing Geminoid HI-1", December 2009: the android Geminoid HI-1 laughing during the...
  • Geminoid HI-1 tele-operation from Freiburg, Germany", on air in Summer 2015, topics "Robots and emotions" and "Android robots", among others.

    Up Next Geminoid HI-1 presented on German TV "Checker Tobi"
    "Geminoid HI-1 tele-operation from Freiburg, Germany", on air in Summer 2015, topics "Robots and...
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    Up Next Geminoid HI1 at Ars Electronica in 2009
    "Geminoid HI-1 @ ARS Electronica", September 2009: Geminoid during the ARS Electronica...


Social Robots & Androids (ATR in Kyoto):

  • Up Next Robovie female laughter
    Female laughter for Robovie robots.
  • Up Next Robovie male laughter
    Male laugther for Robovie robots.

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

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