BrainScratch's PenguinBird robot debuted at the IBM Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL) SmartHome Demonstration, part of IBM's Cognitive Horizon Network, in collaboration with brain-computer interface specialist Professor Virginia de Sa and neurophysiologist Professor Andrea Chiba.
The demo was hosted by Alexander Khalil, a wireless brain-computer interface expert and ethnomusicologist. Physicist Larry Smarr (Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Information Technologies and Director of Calit2) completed a series of neuropsychological tasks lead by algorithm developers Mahta Mousavi (Dr. de Sa's PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering). Then Professor Smarr controlled PenguinBird's robotic dance moves by regulating visual alpha waves that were passed into real-time machine learning algorithms to detect attention, focus, and drowsiness.
PenguinBird's music processing algorithms and mechanical moves are currently being developed by Tessa Verhoef, Eric Leonardis and Carson Miller-Rigoli.
Leonardis, E., Mousavi, M., Miller-Rigoli, C., & Verhoef, T. (2018). PenguinBird: Dancing Robot Brain-Computer Interface. IBM Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL) SmartHome Demonstration at Calit2, UCSD, La Jolla, CA.