I am a PhD graduate from Cornell University, where I developed Blossom, an open-source social robot platform. Blossom was designed for accessibility: its hardware and software is open-source, and several researchers have created their own versions of Blossom.
Blossom is a platform for researching generative behaviors through deep neural networks. Through encoder-decoder networks, Blossom 'remixes' user-made movements into autonomously generated behaviors.
Blossom also acts as a telepresence platform, controlled via a smartphone's mobile browser and the remote user's physical movement.
My presentation at the RoboPhilosophy conference sums up the Blossom project, which is still ongoing.
Prior to Cornell, I studied mechanical engineering and programming at NC State. My graduation cap was kinda famous. Currently, I am a postdoc researching computer vision and deep reinforcement learning at the ABB Research Center in Raleigh.
Outside of work, I like to build stuff,
and play music.
Publications (Google Scholar)
Michael Suguitan and Guy Hoffman. Blossom: A Handcrafted Open-Source Robot. ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI), 2019.
Michael Suguitan and Guy Hoffman. What Is It Like to Be a Bot? Variable Perspective Embodied Telepresence for Crowdsourcing Robot Movements. In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 2022.
Michael Suguitan, Randy Gomez, and Guy Hoffman. MoveAE: Modifying Affective Robot Movements Using Classifying Variational Autoencoders. In ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2020.
Michael Suguitan, Nick DePalma, Jessica Hodgins, and Guy Hoffman. Face2Gesture: Translating Facial Expressions Into Robot Movements Through Shared Latent Space Neural Networks. In preparation, 2022.
Michael Suguitan. At Least, Be Human: Humanizing the Robot as a Medium for Communication. In RoboPhilosophy (in revision), 2022.
Michael Suguitan, Mason Bretan, and Guy Hoffman. Affective Robot Movement Generation Using CycleGANs. In ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Late Breaking Reports (Third Place Prize), 2019.
Michael Suguitan and Guy Hoffman. You Are (Not) The Robot: Variable Perspective Motion Control of a Social Telepresence Robot. In ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) Extended Abstracts, 2021.
Patrícia Alves-Oliveira, Maria Luce Lupetti, Michal Luria, Mafalda Gamboa, Lea Albaugh, Waki Kamino, Anastasia K. Ostrowski, David Puljiz, Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar, Marcus Scheunemann, Michael Suguitan, and Dan Lockton. Collection of Human-Robot Interaction Metaphors. In ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), 2021.
Michael Suguitan. Robots as Humanizing Post-Digital Media. In International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR) Metaphors for HRI Workshop Submissions, 2020.
Michael Suguitan and Guy Hoffman. A Portrait of the Robot as a Communicative Medium: Using the DIY Blossom Robot for Accessible Embodied Telepresence. In International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR) Student Design Competition (Finalist), 2021.