We invite proposals from research organizations interested in using Quori, affordable, socially interactive robot platform designed for enabling non-contact human-robot interaction (HRI) research in lab and “in the wild” experimental settings. Eligible applicants, which must be lead by university faculty, include university faculty, staff scientists, researchers, engineers, and PhD students within academic institutions in the United States. More information can be found at the associated FAQ page http://www.quori.org/faq

Quori’s hardware and integrated software were developed collaboratively between the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California, and Semio, with the support of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) Collaborative Grant. Eight (8) Quori robot platforms will be awarded and shipped to US research organizations that will make rigorous and creative use of the robots for existing or planned computing and robotics projects.

By providing Quori to research organizations, the team and the NSFaim to enable computing researchers to develop and test algorithms, as well as conduct statistically significant user studies by deploying systems in the real world and collecting user data to inform further computing research in human-robot interaction (HRI).

Important Dates:

CFP  Release: Monday, October 8th, 2018

Letter of Intent Due: Friday, October 26, 2018 (optional; rolling deadline)

Final Proposal Due: Friday, December 7, 2018

Award Decision: January 2019

Award Disbursement: Spring 2019

All deadlines end at 11:59pm Anywhere in the USA (UTC-10)

Best regards,

The Quori Project Team

Mark Yim

Maja Matarić

Ross Mead