Simon “is designed to study human-robot interaction from a social learning vantage, such as learning by demonstration and human-robot collaboration.”
Here’s more information about Simon from the blog Smartplanet:
Video of Simon learning from its “teacher” (time 4:57):
A robot designed to interact and learn from humans reminds me of Nexi, a robot developed at MIT in 2008. Nexi was innovative for its facial design; it has eyes with movable eyelids and eyebrows to express what seems like emotions, in order to make it more amendable to the humans it would be working with (as service robot, babysitter, etc.).