Robots, Art, People and Performance Lab

(RAPP Lab)

An Exploratory Study on Human Robot Interaction

The RAPP Lab is a collaboration between the Robotics Lab | Human Centred Technology Centre at the University of Canberra, Aalborg University, Denmark and Robological. In a series of workshops, we explore the aesthetics, ethics, psychology and technologies of humans interacting with robots. Each session includes free-form interactions with robots, an improvised dance performance and a Q&A session with the artists, and an expert panel on robotics, theatre, business and innovation. In collaboration with CoLABS – a festival of Art & Science in Sydney. Workshops are experimental explorations and each session will be unique in experience. The events may be video/photographed for documentation and publicity purposes. Plase, register to attend one of the sessions by following the links bellow. Places are strictly limited to maintain the intimacy of the experience.

RAPP Lab has been conceived and developed by Damith Herath (University of Canberra) and Elizabeth Jochum (Aalborg University, Denmark). Read an article about the project on Canberra Times here.

Attend an Upcoming Workshop…

RAPP Lab Live (Canberra) – At the University of Canberra

The Artists: Marian Abboud (Media Artist) & Vicki Van Hout (Indigenous Choreographer)

The panel includes Prof. Roland Goecke, Dr Elizabeth Jochum, Diane Phillips, Dr Damith Herath


Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:00AM (Session 1) 1:00PM (Session 2)


Foyer Building 22 & 23 (Retro Cafe)
University of Canberra
University Dr S
Bruce, ACT 2617


Free event but booking is essential. This event is part of a Human Robot interaction study, and your image and voice may be recorded for research purposes.

RAPP Lab Live (Sydney) – At CoLABS 2017

Robot Open House 

Come meet Baxter and his friends. Discover how robots are learning to work alongside humans. Program a robot to dance…using only your body!

The engineers and artists who are teaching robots to dance will be on-hand to answer your questions.  Watch Nao robots perform the latest dance moves, and even program Baxter to perform your original choreography!


Saturday, 30 September 2017 11:00AM (Session 1) 1:00PM (Session 2)


Bungarribee Park
Corner Doonside Rd & Holbeche Rd,
Arndell Park NSW 2148


This event is co-located with the CoLABS Festival. CoLABS is a ticketed event. This event is part of a Human Robot interaction study, and your image and voice may be recorded for research purposes.

Roland Goecke (Professor of Affective Computing, HCT Research Centre, University of Canberra), Diane Phillips (Entrepreneurship & Innovation School of Management, Faculty of Business, Government & Law, University of Canberra).
Technical Team: David Hinwood, Yang Ye, Edward Prior, Jason Webber (Lab Manager)
The project has been supported through various funding sources including the ACT-UC Innovation Vouchers program.