Welcome to the Robot House

The two-storey building looks from the outside just like any other suburban home in Hatfield.

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The Robot House is a residential house, near the University of Hertfordshire campus, that has been adapted for human-robot interaction studies. It has been augmented into a smart home with low-cost, resource-efficient sensor systems that inform the robots about user activities and other events in the environment. Its infrastructure already supports interactions with a range of robots such as the UH Sunflower robot and the IPA Care-O-Bot 3 since a long time.

On top of that, the Robot House enables development and testing of smart home and robotics technology in a real-life environment with state of the art equipment. For that purpose, the house is currently being equipped with a new generation of robotics platforms, i.e., a Pioneer Mobile Manipulator, the Fetch Research Platform, a TurtleBot 2 , Sawyer, and Pepper. The most recent Care-O-Bot 4 is also available in the Robot House since 2018.

In the near future, it will also allow industry, in particular smaller or start-up companies, to utilize a facility that will ultimately lead to better products that are aimed at the home environment. Better products will benefit users of those products, which may range from older people, users who require physical and/or cognitive assistance, users of everyday products used in a home environment, to co-worker scenarios that provide assistance through human-robot collaboration.

Who are we?

The robot house is operated by the Adaptive Systems Research Group of the University of Hertfordshire. In particular, the following persons are managing it:

Principal investigators:
 Kerstin Dautenhahn, Farshid Amirabdollahian
Scientific Manager:
 Kheng Lee Koay
Research Coordinator:
 Patrick Holthaus

Contact us

For the moment, the most convenient contact method is to send us an e-mail:

robothouse@herts.ac.uk