Emotional Robotics Living Lab

A research-driven interdisciplinary study that looks at emerging social robotics. led by Dr. Julienne Greer.
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The Emotional Robotics Living Lab is a theatre space dedicated to the emerging research intersection of theatre arts and social robotics. The lab is home to multiple robots programmed with social skills utilizing interdisciplinary techniques. (Image: NAO, Assistant Professor Dr. Julienne A. Greer, Pepper)

The Emotional Robotics Living Lab (ERLL) brings together humans and robots for significant, cutting-edge research. ERLL develops collaborations between humans and robots and envisions a future where arts and technology connect.

How is this done?

What if theatre training in voice, movement, performance, script analysis, directing, and design could be applied to robots to create more human-like personalities? The same techniques used to craft your theatre training can be applied to the “characterization” of a robot! And, these human-like robots can be applied to the fine arts as well as interdisciplinary STEM-related industries of science, business, and education.

You’ll work with theatre professor, Dr. Greer, an interdisciplinary scholar + artist utilizing human-centered and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) methods to create engagement and develop connection between humans and robots. Dr. Greer translates the human-human model of theatre engagement to a human-robot model of performance engagement, creating a uniquely authentic experience of emotion for a human-robot platform.

If you are interested in the theatre, in the future, in developing skills in research, and in bringing an artistic voice to the discussion of robot technology, you can do it at UTA’s Department of Theatre Arts, Emotional Robotics Living Lab. Interdisciplinary courses available, as well as paid undergraduate research positions.

The Emotional Robotics Living Lab is located at The University of Texas at Arlington – Preston Hall, Room 304

Dr. Julienne A. Greer, PhD Humanities Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas at Dallas

Associate Professor

Associate Chair


Dr. Julienne Aleta Greer, AEA

Email: jgreer@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2650

Office: Fine Arts Building Center 268B

Meet the Robots!

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NAO is an interactive companion robot currently being used to speak Shakespeare to older adults for psychological well-being! Currently UTA owns the 5th version, and about 10,000 NAO have already been sold throughout the world.



Pepper is a human-shaped robot. He is kind, endearing and surprising. Softbank Robotics designed Pepper to be a genuine day-to-day companion, whose number one quality is his ability to perceive emotions.