Dr. Albert Causo, Ph.D.

Albert Causo is a co-founder of Hand Plus Robotics and Transforma Robotics, both are spin-off companies from Nanyang Technological University Singapore and the Robotics Research Centre, where is currently a Senior Research Fellow.

His research interest includes computer vision, artificial intelligence, and perception and manipulation as applied in logistics robots, and human-robot interaction as applied in socially-assistive robots and educational robots. Some of the projects he worked on include logistics robotics for e-commerce applications, gripper and grasping systems for professional services including healthcare, social robots for pre-school education in Singapore and for geriatric day hospital, and sensing devices for post-stroke rehabilitation.

He obtained his Masters and PhD from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Japan. His start-up experience started in 2012 in a company that provided training to the oil and gas and maritime industry in Southeast Asia, Middle East, Australia. He co- founded Transforma Robotics in 2017, a company that provides robots and robotics services for the construction industry, particularly in the indoor painting and construction quality assessment works. In 2018, he co-founded Hand Plus Robotics, a company focused on developing pick and place solutions for e-commerce, logistics, healthcare, the food industry and other professional services.

Social Robots for Education: Classroom Deployment Experience

Date: November 16, 2019                                                                                                  Time: 2 pm - 3 pm

The use of social robots in education has a long tradition and is usually approached as a problem in human-robot interaction. Some researchers look at what social robots brings to the table by looking at learning outcome in various subjects. Others have use psycho-behavioral approach to understand the contribution of social robots to the learning journey. 

In this talk, we present an attempt to bring social robots to pre-school classroom on an extended and regular basis. We show how we try to understand some of the factors that affect its deployment through the resulting behavior of the students and the feedback of the teachers and administrators. We also compare the effect of using different types of robots and try to understand the advantages of using one form over the other. The talk will summarize what we have learned from deploying social robots and will highlight the factors that could contribute to the success of similar endeavors. After all, we really cannot stop robots from coming into our children's classrooms.