Ibn Sina Robot

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The Ibn Sina Robot is the world's first android robot with Arabic language conversational abilities. Created by roboticists Nikolaos Mavridis and Hanson Robotics founder David Hanson at United Arab Emirates University's Interactive Robots and Media Lab,[1] Ibn Sina was named after the famous 11th century polymath (Avicenna). The robot is capable of facial expressions, hand gestures, Arabic language dialogue, face detection and face recognition.[2][3] It is part of a novel Interactive Theatre installation, within a circular room with a diameter of 13 meters, containing a stage, a projection screen, and sensors. Experimentation regarding multiple forms of tele-participation in the theatre is taking place; such as live interactions between physically present robots and humans with avatars in online virtual worlds, and remote control of robots through brain-computer interfacing.

The robot was demonstrated in the GITEX 2009 exhibition in Dubai, where it interacted with more than one thousand visitors, and has been featured in world media numerous times such as the UAE National,[2] BBC,[3] Agence France Press (AFP),[4] Al Jazeera and others.

Further reading[edit]

  • Riek et al. 2010. Ibn Sina Steps Out: Exploring Arabic Attitudes Toward Humanoid Robots.
  • Mavridis et al. 2011.Transforming IbnSina into an advanced multilingual interactive android robot. ISBN 978-1-61284-118-2

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mavridis, Nikolaos; Hanson, David (10 Nov 2009). "The IbnSina Center: An Augmented Reality Theater with Intelligent Robotic and Virtual Characters" (PDF). IEEE Robot and Human Interactive Communication. 1 (1): 681–686. doi:10.1109/ROMAN.2009.5326148. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Lake, Ed (June 15, 2009). "Meet the facebots". The National. UAE: Abu Dhabi Media Company PJSC. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Robot to create Facebook profile". BBC News. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Roboter aus dem Morgenland – Avicenna spricht Arabisch" (in German). YouTube. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2009.