When Kryten met Artie

Friday, 08 November 2013

Kryten meets Artie

Actor Robert Llewellyn visited Oxford Brookes to talk to digital media students about his experiences in the media industry in front of and behind the camera.

Robert most famously played the mechanoid Kryten in the sitcom Red Dwarf.

He later visited the department's new Cognitive Robotics Laboratory to meet its first permanent resident, Artie. Artie, a 'RoboThespian' life sized humanoid robot created by Engineered Arts in Cornwall, is part of the department's cutting-edge research in human-robot interaction and allows students to apply what they are learning about programming to the control of sophisticated robots.

A new undergraduate degree in Robotics System Engineering is planned for 2015.

Robert later tweeted: "Had the bizarre pleasure of meeting Mr Robothespian today. He's an amazing chap."

Robert has other links to the university as he took part in a large-scale trial of electric vehicles to assess driver behaviour. The UK-wide project involved the university's Psychology Department who interviewed hundreds of drivers of electric vehicles about their driving experiences.

In the following YouTube video, Robert talks about the research project and why he is such an advocate of electric vehicles.