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We recently had the pleasure of presenting our recent publication on ROILA at the IEEE RO-MAN conference in Edinburgh.

Mubin, O., Henderson, J., and Bartneck, C. (2014). You Just do not Understand Me! Speech Recognition in Human Robot Interaction. In the Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN). [PDF]

The publication describes an experimental study where we compared the recognition accuracy of ROILA against English across three different microphones (headset, desktop and microphone of the Nao robot) and for grammatically richer phrases. Our results showed that although ROILA was unable to outperform English but the microphone of the Nao robot was worse out of the three microphones and it was influenced by the head movement of the robot. Given below is a picture of the setup of our experiment.


We have recently published two publications describing our latest research efforts in ROILA. We hope to provide PDF’s of camera ready versions as soon as possible.

– Mubin, O., Shahid, S., & Bartneck, C. (2013). Robot Assisted Language Learning through Games: A Comparison of Two Case Studies. In Edutainment: Special Issue of Australian Journal of Intelligent Information Processing Systems, pp 9-14. [PDF]

– Mubin, O., Henderson, J., & Bartneck, C. (2013). Talk ROILA to your Robot. Demo Paper in the 15th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2013).

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ROILA is now mentioned in the following article that reviews the use of robots in education.

Omar Mubin, Catherine Stevens, Suleman Shahid, Abdullah Al Mahmud, et al. A Review of the Applicability of Robots in Education. Journal of Technology in Education and Learning, 2013 [PDF]

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We have had an article on ROILA accepted for publication in the Journal of Disruptive Science and Technology, Mary Ann Liebert Publishers. Citation of the article is as follows:

Mubin, O., Bartneck, C., Feijs, L., Hooft van Huysduynen, H., Hu, J., Muelver, J. (2012). Improving Speech Recognition with the Robot Interaction Language (ROILA). Journal of Disruptive Science and Technology 1(2), Page 79-88. Mary Ann Liebert Publishers[PDF NOW AVAILABLE]

The article is an extensive writeup of the ROILA evaluation that was conducted at the Christiaan Huygens College Eindhoven.

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Here is the video recording of Omar’s PhD defense that took place on June 1st in Eindhoven. We apologize for the bad quality of the video which is mainly due to the dark lighting of the room.

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The national Dutch newspaper Volkskrant did an article on ROILA. Thank you to Mr Peter for the interview discussion and Mike for the picture. Here is a PDF of the article.

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On June 1, Omar Mubin successfully completed his PhD defense on ROILA and was awarded the dr. title.

The ROILA team would like to thank the following committee members and experts without whose cooperation, feedback and support neither the defense nor the research would have been possible.

– Prof. Lyons (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
– Prof. Krahmer (Tilburg University, Netherlands)
– Prof. de Lange (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
– Dr. Terken (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
– Steven Canvin (LEGO Mindstorms, Denmark)
– Marjolein Seegers (Christiaan Huygens College, Eindhoven)

A special word of appreciation to Prof. Feijs, Dr. Hu and Dr. Bartneck (who travelled all the way from Christchurch, New Zealand).



The local newspaper of the TU/e, Cursor did an article about our research in ROILA. Here is a link to the article (in Dutch).

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The thesis “ROILA – Robot Interaction Language” has been printed. Please join us for the defense on June 1st, 16:00h in lecture theater 4 of the Auditorium at the Eindhoven University of Technology. This will be followed by a reception in Senaatszaal.

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