In late 2004, the ISU Robotics Club was asked to create a small sociable robot to serve as an attendant to the FIRST Lego League competition that was to be held a month later. The result of this project was ISEK, a robot head that would chat with kids.

The hardware was designed by Jake Ingman and John Burnett. Jesse Lane wrote the computer vision software that performed face tracking and the servo control software that directed ISEK to focus on people’s faces. I wrote the chat program based on the ALICE chat engine.

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You may find more information about ISEK at the ISU Robotics Club site.

If you have any questions or comments about this work, please feel free to contact the ISU Robotics Club.