Puppet Presence

Project Overview

What can robotic tele-presence research learn from the art of puppetry?

Paul Bremner from the BRL, Chris Bevan from the University of Bath, and David McGoran from Rusty Squid (rustysquid.org.uk) will be exploring this question through the fabrication of a motion capture puppet enabling control of a Nao humanoid robot by professional puppeteers.

The puppeteers will watch an individual and translate their movements onto the armature, in effect becoming a human substitute for the equivalent hardware – software tele-operating system.
Data from the puppeteers input will be compared with existing technology’s ability to effectively interpret, and translate human motion on to robot avatars.

Further details about the Puppet Presence live event - where the public are invited to participate in the search for a trustworthy and meaningful representation of robotic avatars in public spaces - can be found here:


Paul Bremner

Chris Bevan

Rusty Squid