Prof. Andreas Muxel & Elias Naphausen

(UN)FRIENDLY ROBOTS. Performing Human Emotions (Workshop)

Robots are no longer restricted to their safety cages in deserted factory halls. They take more and more part in our daily lives and new relations of human and machine need to be discussed - partner, assistant, opponent? How does an autonomous machine perceives us, learns with us and how can alternative forms of non-verbal communication be established?

In the workshop we will map the results of an emotion classifier to actuators and translate our facial expression to the movement of a robot. By customizing appearance and kinetic behavior, we explore different aspects of interaction with emotion aware systems.


Please bring your own laptop, we bring the rest! Let the robot dance your smile! Will you dance his?


1,5 h

Max. 12 participants 




roboter modules (based on Arduino), ml5.js, P5.js, mixed materials


Andreas Muxel is Professor for Physical Human-Machine Interfaces at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg where he founded and directs the HYBRID THINGS LAB. He is always looking for poetical and engaging tools for thinking, regardless of whether they are hardware or software. His work has been exhibited in several international exhibitions including ARS Electronica Festival Linz, FILE Festival São Paulo, GLOW Festival Eindhoven and TodaysArt Festival Brussels.

Elias Naphausen is Research Associate at the HYBRID THINGS LAB. He studied Interactive Media (BA) and Interactive Media Systems (MA) at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. He is creating experience-rich media installations, worlds of sounds and virtual rooms. Elias is exploring associations between mind, eyes, ears, haptic and olfaction and has shown his work on different locations including xCoAx Madrid, 35C3 Leipzig, Asche zu Farbgut Festival and Lab30 Augsburg.