The 'Vocal Interactivity Laboratory' - VILab - is a joint activity between the Speech and Hearing (SpandH) research group at the University of Sheffield and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) at the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. VILab is concerned with fundamental and applied research in all areas relating to vocal interactivity in and between humans, animals and robots. Research topics range from speech-based human-robot interaction to the analysis, modelling and simulation of vocal communication systems in animals such as insects, monkeys and dolphins. The overall objective is to understand and exploit common features of vocal communication and interactivity, including individuality and emotion.


Prof. Roger K. Moore (Sheffield)

Dr. Peter Wallis (Sheffield)

Prof. Chris Melhuish (Bistol)

Prof. Anthony Pipe (Bristol)


VILab is keen to collaborate on research projects involving vocal interactivity in humans, animals or robots. Contact Prof. Moore at ...

Note: The VILab logo is inspired by the ideograms representing autopoietic systems that appear in Maturana, H. R., & Varela, F. J. (1987). The Tree of Knowledge: The Biological Roots of Human Understanding. Boston, MA: New Science Library/Shambhala Publications. Prof. Moore has extended Maturana & Varela's ideograms to encompass human beings (top), animals (bottom-left) and robots (bottom-right).