The R3D3 project aimed at investigating situated natural language dialogue systems that  combine limited natural language understanding with the understanding of the nonverbal behaviour of the users in a real-life context. Inspired by Star Wars’ R2D2, we developed an even more advanced robot, our R3D3 (see the image below). R3D3 takes the form of a Receptionist Robot, carrying a virtual human that can have a spoken dialogue with the visitors to a museum, shop or office building. These dialogues are “double” in the sense that they involve both the virtual human and the robot.


The R3D3 project addressed scientific ICT challenges in the areas of computer vision, spoken language interaction, and data processing, as well as practical challenges in robot development.

For an overview of the project results, see this blog post by R3D3 project partner VicarVision.

Involved parties are the departments of Human Media Interaction and Robotics and Mechatronics of the University of Twente, the Dutch Police Academy, VicarVision, Sentient, NEMO Science Museum and smartrobot.solutions.

Contact: Mariët Theune, m.theune@utwente.nl


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