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Biography

Dr Nicole Robinson is a Research Fellow at Monash University with a cross appointment between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences. She is affiliated with the Department of Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering and the School of Psychological Sciences.

Research Interests: Human-Robot Interaction, Social Robotics, Robot and AI Ethics, Healthcare and Medical Robotics, Psychological and Behavioural Science, Behaviour Change, Psychosocial Interventions, Consciousness and Working Memory, Human Subject Research (High and Low Risk), Behavioural Interventions, Experimental Methodology (Clinical, Field, Natural and Laboratory), Randomised Controlled Trials.

She was previously a Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision on the Humanoid Robotics project between 2018-20, a $1.5 million R&D project supported by the Queensland Government. In less than 2 years with the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, she was promoted to become the youngest Chief Investigator (CI) and Program Leader of Human Interaction in the QUT Robotics Centre, a Tier 1 University Research Centre established to build and develop high-quality, critical mass in research capabilities competitive on an national and international scale.

She has contributed to university-led research for a decade, and her research involves human behaviour and its translation into software agents and robotic systems to work towards a human-robot society. She has lead clinical trials and experimental studies involving the use of humanoid and socially interactive robots to collaborate with people.

She is an experienced speaker for public outreach activities, holding a media reach of over 15 million unique viewers in 2019. She has spoken on the topic of human-like robots, smart machines and the future of a human-robot society on live television, radio, print articles and world-renowned festival stages, such as Tedx, ABC, Ch 7&9, International Business Times, MIT Technology Review, Phys.Org, Gizmodo, Scope Tv, World Science Festival, and Robotronica. She also hosted and produced one season of an artificial intelligence and robotics podcast available on iTunes and Spotify.

She is also a Director of LYRO Robotics, a robotics company that build and deploys intelligent pick and pack order fulfilment solutions using state-of-the-art computer vision, deep learning and robotic systems.

Research area keywords

  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Clinical Trials
  • Experimental psychology
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychosocial Wellbeing
  • Social robotics

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Research Output

  • 4 Article
  • 3 Conference Paper
  • 1 Review Article

Psychosocial health interventions by social robots: systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Robinson, N. L., Cottier, T. V. & Kavanagh, D. J., May 2019, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 21, 5, 20 p., e13203.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access
File
6 Citations (Scopus)

Measures of incentives and confidence in using a social robot

Robinson, N. L., Connolly, J., Johnson, G. M., Kim, Y., Hides, L. & Kavanagh, D. J., 22 Aug 2018, In : Science Robotics. 3, 21, 2 p., eaat6963.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

A software system for human-robot interaction to collect research data: a HTML/Javascript service on the Pepper robot

Suddrey, G. & Robinson, N., Mar 2020, Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. Gunes, H. & Riek, L. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 459-461 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

Open Access
File

Security risks of social robots used to persuade and manipulate: a proof of concept study

Wolfert, P., Deschuyteneer, J., Oetringer, D., Robinson, N. & Belpaeme, T., Mar 2020, Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. Gunes, H. & Riek, L. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 523-525 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

Open Access
File

Early reflections on becoming a therapist: development of reflective practice in clinical training programmes in an Australian context

Robinson, N. L., Schweitzer, R. D. & O'Connor, E. L., Dec 2019, In : Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 19, 4, p. 388-398 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision - Contribution to Public Debate Award 2019

Robinson, Nicole (Recipient), 1 Sep 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 10 Public outreach
  • 2 Peer review responsibility

Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) (Event)

Nicole Robinson (Peer reviewer)

2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Event)

Nicole Robinson (Peer reviewer)

2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Guest Speaker at the Women in Young Women Leaders in AI Camp

Nicole Robinson (Contributor)

12 Apr 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

National Science Week – Lunch with a Scientist

Nicole Robinson (Contributor)

15 Aug 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

TEDxQUT 2018 Speaker

Nicole Robinson (Contributor)

15 Sep 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

Press / Media

Towards Singularity Documentary

Nicole Robinson

19/02/20

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

TODAY Show - The Droid Will See You Now

Nicole Robinson

8/08/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

The Australian - The Droid will See you Now

Nicole Robinson

8/08/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Scope Tv - Season 5 Episode 9

Nicole Robinson

4/08/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview