Octavia and George are the two robots featured in the award-winning video.
Their award-winning video, "Robotic Secrets Revealed, Episode 002", demonstrated research on robot perception (including object recognition and multi-modal person identification) and embodied cognition (including theory of mind, or the ability to reason about what others believe). The NRL team used a highly entertaining vignette that included two people interacting with two robots. The video can be seen at http://www.nrl.navy.mil/aic/iss/aas/CognitiveRobotsVideos.php.
The team that created the video works in NRL's Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence. Team members include Dr. Laura Hiatt, Dr. Anthony Harrison, Dr. Ed Lawson, Dr. Eric Martison and Dr. Greg Trafton. Dr. Hiatt and Dr. Martison are NRL postdocs, This is the second time NRL researchers have been recognized with a video award at the AAAI conference. In 2009, their video, "Robotics Secrets Revealed: Episode 001," won the prize for "Most Informative Video."
The goal of the AAAI video competition is to show the world how much fun artificial intelligence is by documenting exciting artificial intelligence advances in research, education, and application. The rules are simple: Compose a short video about an exciting artificial intelligence project, and narrate it so that it is accessible to a broad online audience. The developers of award-winning videos receive Oscar-like trophies, called "Shakeys" in honor of SRI International's Shakey robot and its pioneering video.