Japura researchers reach the global skies again in Social Robotics

With emerging diversified technological developments, the field of social robotics takes a significant place. 13th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2021) brought out together researchers and practitioners around the globe working on the interaction between humans and intelligent robots and on the integration of robots into the fabric of our society.

The team representing both University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ) and Sri Lanka came up with a Multiparty Conversation Based Robotic Interface to Evaluate Job Applicants (MUCOR). “MUCOR” is a robotic interface with three table-top robots that go through Linkedin profiles of job applicants, categorize and discuss the applicants’ information. “MUCOR” is for job recruiters who spend time finding information about applicants prior to an interview. It was tested with professional recruiters which highlighted the actual impact on society.

Annually the top-notch Universities around the globe such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Harvard University, and many more participates in the “Best Robot Design Awards”. With many privileges to mention, the Sri Lankan team competed this year against numerous Universities worldwide emerged Runners up in the Software Innovation category at the global finals of the Robot Design Competition of ICSR 2021 held in Singapore as a hybrid conference with both physical and virtual participation from 10-13 November.

Mr. Mahesh Samarasinghe, Mr. Kushan Hansika, and Ms. Sajini Senaratna were the team members who worked tirelessly to conquer the title. The victorious team extends their gratitude to Dr. Ravindra De Silva who is the supervisor for this project, the Director at the Robotics and Intelligence Systems Laboratory (RIS), USJ, and a Senior lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Mr. Udaka Manawadu who is a former research assistant at RIS and currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Aizu, Japan.

We would like to wish the team to have all strength to cross all boundaries to productize the innovation and serve the world for a better future with social robotics.

Source: https://www.colips.org/conferences/icsr2021/wp/awards/

Three table-top robots before starting a conversation


MUCOR in the making at Robotics and Intelligent Systems (RIS) Laboratory, USJ


Robots while in a conversation


A recruiter listening to a conversation of MUCOR


ICSR 2021 Robot Design Competition Awards Ceremony


Team members

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