ArticuLab @ World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017
CMU’s ArticuLab presented SARA (the Socially Aware Robot Assistant) at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos (January 17-20, 2017). The SARA booth was located right in the middle of the main corridor of the Davos Congress Center and was, in fact, the only demo in the Congress Center. What an honor!
SARA had access to the WEF database of sessions being presented, participants attending, demos being shown in the Loft across the street, and places to get food in the Congress Center (she also knew about some private parties – information she was willing to share if asked nicely!). SARA was programmed to use this information to act as a virtual personal assistant. She assisted the global leaders attending Davos by finding out about their interests and goals in attending the WEF and then recommending sessions and people who were relevant to their interests and goals. In so-doing, SARA showed what it means to have socially-aware Artificial Intelligence. That is SARA used the conversation to build a relationship with the person talking to her, and then used that relationship to obtain better information about his/her interests and goals. In turn, that allowed her to do a better job recommending sessions and people. For more information, please refer to SARA’s homepage.
SARA at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017
World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation. This year’s theme was “Responsive and Responsible Leadership“.
Learn more (news release from Carnegie Mellon University)
Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2017 Copyright by World Economic Forum / Ciaran McCrickard
Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
The SARA booth, Copyright by Yoichi Matsuyama
The SARA booth, Copyright by World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez
The SARA booth, Copyright by World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary
The SARA booth
The SARA booth
Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh and SARA: In addition to helping guests make connections at the World Economic Forum, SARA also enjoyed snapping selfies with attendees – she later sent the selfies to them by email.