Professor of School of Design and Professor of Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prof. Hoorn started his research in the Humanities, focusing on fictional characters. After he joined Computer Science of Vrije University Amsterdam, he ventured into avatars and game characters. After implementing a number of cognitive models in artificial systems, he turned to social robots as the universal interface between the digital and the analogue world. At PolyU, he will further the Robot Brain Server, handling data, data security, AI, and Cloud for the robot to be a safe and trustworthy confidante to its user.
Negative-mood Reduction among HK Youth with Robot
The project develops both companion robots for conversation and a robot infrastructure that handles user data securely.