Associate Professor of Music Technology and Production Jason Fick, along with Naomi Fitter, Assistant Professor of Robotics, and Robotics Ph.D. student Brian Zhang, ran a day-long workshop entitled, “Sound for Robots: Understanding and Harnessing Sound for Robotic Systems” at the International Conference of Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Philadelphia on May 27, 2022. With around 5,000 annual participants, ICRA is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference and the premier international forum for robotics researchers to present and discuss their work.

MTP and OSU SHARE lab ( have been developing sonification tools with the goal to improve human-robotic interaction. Our current model, developed by MTP junior Ibrahim Syed, consists of an interactive sound patch for generating happy and sad sound sequences based on robot movement. Our assets were integrated on a TurtleBot 2 robot and evaluated through several in-person studies. Ibrahim Syed presented the results in a poster at ICRA entitled, “Towards Generative Musical Cues for Emotive and Responsive Robot Sonification” at the workshop.

Photo Caption: Ibrahim Syed’s poster, “Towards Generative Musical Cues for Emotive and Responsive Robot Sonification” | Photo Credit: Jason Fick

Photo Caption: Brian Zhang (Ph.D. candidate in Robotics), Ibrahim Syed (MTP Junior), Naomi Fitter (Assistant Professor of Robotics), and Jason Fick (Associate Professor of Music Technology and Production) pose beside Ibrahim’s poster, and our TurtleBot 2 Robot (featuring Ibrahim Syed’s sonification code) | Photo Credit: Charles Kemp

Photo Caption: Zhang, Fitter, Syed, Fick, and Margaret Schedel, Robotic Sound Workshop Keynote pose at the conference entrance | Photo Credit: Jason Fick