Project Blossom
Blossom is a low-cost social companion for kids on the autism spectrum. Its aim is also to provide developers with a platform they can use to create smart social companions. It is built using TensorFlow, Google's open-source machine learning framework. The research focuses on how smart companions can help children with social learning by showing empathetic responses while watching videos together.
Miguel de Andres, Guy Hoffman
Miguel de Andres is head of creative technology at Google APAC. He holds a PhD in Art and Computational Technology from Goldsmiths University of London and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Guy Hoffman is Assistant Professor and at Cornell University, where he heads the Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship (HRC2) group. Hoffman holds a PhD from MIT in the field of human-robot interaction (HRI), and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University. He also studied animation at Parsons School of Design in New York.