One of the topics we explore is human-robot interaction. In our project “Wally”, we work with a previsualized prototype of an artistic installation. This involves a white wall that is comprised of many small white cubes, which can move back and forth independently of each other.

Our goal is to make the wall feel like a living being that is able to react to its observers. Moreover, we aim at examining in what way the latter react to Wally’s behavior. Our key question is “Which dimensions are necessary to make the installation feel right and have the desired effect?”.

Due to the wall’s ability to move the cubes independently, it could, for instance, flinch as a response to an observer’s movement or even mimic it. To answer our research question and to determine the optimal implementation, we explore various settings and possibilities regarding Wally’s movement.

Contact: Christin Willscheid