The Ibn Sina Robot is the world’s first android robot with Arabic language conversational abilities. Ibn Sina was named after the famous polymath (Avicenna) of the 11th century and was created at the Interactive Robots and Media Lab of the United Arab Emirates University. The robot is capable of facial expressions, hand gestures, Arabic language dialogue, face detection and face recognition. It is part of a novel Interactive Theatre installation, within a circular room with a diameter of 13 meters, containing a stage, a projection screen, and sensors. Experimentation regarding multiple forms of tele-participation in the theatre is taking place; such as live interactions between physically present robots and humans with avatars in online virtual worlds, and remote control of robots through brain-computer interfacing.
The robot was demonstrated in the GITEX 2009 exhibition in Dubai, where it interacted with more than one thousand visitors, and has been featured in world media numerous times such as the UAE National, BBC, Agence France Press (AFP), Al Jazeera and others.[source: Wikipedia]