The project





Two scientists and a programmer
iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners
A Popularity Contest in the Robotic Petting Zoo

Come to our Robotic Petting Zoo and get a chance to feed your favorite robot!

Visit our temporary Robotic Petting Zoo in the Hunterian Museum and see what Dutch designer Merel Bekking has created with  University of Glasgow’s Social Brain in Action (SoBA) lab. In this interactive public art performance, a small group of vacuuming robots, all with unique characters, compete in a popularity contest. Come and feed the robots, follow their lives and personalities online and through social media, and root for your favourite one to win the contest.


When:             British Science Festival 
                       September 14

                       18:00 - 22:00


Where:            Ferens Art Gallery
                        Queen Victoria Square,
                        HU1 3RA


This is a free event.


This project has been made possible by the financial support of ESRC Impact Acceleration Award Creative-Practitioner in Residence programme and the School of Psychology, Glasgow.

Follow our robots live!

As soon as our robots are at work, you can follow their lives here online! See how they interact, watch how they get fed and see which one is the most popular.

Prof. Emily S. Cross

Prof. Emily S. Cross

Merel Bekking

Merel Bekking

Dr. Ruud Hortensius

Dr. Ruud Hortensius

Bishakha Chaudhury

Bishakha Chaudhury

Supported by

Gyda chefnogaeth Cyfrif Cyflymu Effaith yr ESRC Prifysgol Bangor. 
Supported by the Bangor University ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

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