Robert Toscano has a passion for automation and loves the challenge that a
multi-disciplinary industry like robotics presents. His masters thesis
(completed in June 2008 at MIT) concerned the design and implementation
of a semi-autonomous sociable robotic platform for robust interpersonal
communication. He continued to absorb new technologies and new cultures
through his research/development position abroad with the Music Technology
Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. There he contributed to
the streaming audio processing library known as Essentia which provides
audio/music researchers efficient, correct, and easy-to-use audio analysis
- Giterdone - a Gedit plug-in that provides vcs visualization and management
- Ubislideshow - a synchronized and distributed photo slideshow
- Straph - a web application that graphs real-time streaming data
- PhotoWeb - a zen-simplistic photo album viewer that supports video files
- Phrygian - a web-based music player and library manager
- HAGA - a smart global sequence aligner
- CV - my resume
- TCP - a tangible interface to a color palette
- The Huggable - a new type of therapeutic robotic companion
J.K. Lee, R. Toscano, D. Stiehl, C. Breazeal (2008). "The Design of
a Semi-Autonomous Robot Avatar for Family Communication and
Education". Proceedings of the 17th IEEE International Symposium on
Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN-08). Munich,
Stiehl, W. D., Breazeal, C., Han, K., Lieberman, J., Lalla, L.,
Maymin, A., Salinas, J., Fuentes, D., Toscano, R., Tong, C. H., and
Kishore, A. (2006). The huggable: a new type of therapeutic robotic
companion. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2006 Sketches (Boston, Massachusetts, July
30 – August 03, 2006). SIGGRAPH '06. ACM Press, New York, NY, 14.
H. Knight, R. Toscano, W. D. Stiehl, A. Chang, Y. Wang, and C.
Breazeal (2009). "Real-time Social Touch Gesture Recognition for
Sensate Robots." To appear in proceedings of IEEE/RSJ International
Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS09), St. Louis,
Missouri, USA, 2009.
H. Knight, A. Chang, W. D. Stiehl, R. Toscano, Y. Wang, C. Breazeal
(2009). "Robot Design Rubrics for Social Gesture Categorization and
User Studies with Children" Human-Robot Interaction Conference
(HRI 2009): Societal Impact: How Socially Accepted Robots Can Be
Integrated in Our Society Workshop. San Diego, California, 2009.
"The Design of a Semi-Autonomous Robot Avatar for Family Communication
and Education": conference paper presentation at the 17th IEEE
International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication,
, Münich, Germany, Aug. 2nd, 2008.
"The Huggable": Interactive Demonstration of Second Generation Prototype at the "Our
Cyborg Future?" Exhibition as part of the Designs of the Time 2007 Festival,
Newcastle, UK, October 19th, 2007
"The Huggable": Interactive Demonstration of Second Generation Prototype at the
AARP Life@50+ Conference, Boston, MA, September 6th-8th, 2007
"The Huggable": Interactive Demonstration of Second Generation Prototype during
Microsoft Keynote at RoboBusiness 2007, Boston, MA, May 16th, 2007.