Cognitive Human-Robot Interaction

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14 Νοε 2013 (πριν από 3 χρόνια και 6 μήνες)

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Co
gnitive Human
-
Robot Interaction


Prof. dr . ir. Bram Vanderborght


Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Robotics and Multibody Mechanics
Research Group


Probo is designed to study cognitive human
-
robot interaction and focuses

on verbal and non
-
verbal
communication. The social robot is designed to

act as a social interface by employing human
-
like
social cues and

communication modalities. It has a fully expressive and anthropomorphic

head. With
20 motors in the head, the robot is able to express attentio
n

and emotions via its gaze and facial
expressions. To guarantee a safe

physical interaction between the robot and the children, compliant

actuation systems and a layered structure with foam and fabric are

implemented. These elements
contribute to the aspe
cts of safe, soft and

³huggable² interaction. During the interactions, children
are very willing

to touch the robot physically. A new version with actuated arms, hands,

and body
and able to gesture, adapt body posture and perform basic

manipul
ation skills
is currently under
construction.

Probo has been used with autistic children in a joint collaboration

between UBB and
VUB. Several studies with Probo have been performed: to

test whether typically developed children
are able to recognize the

emotions of the

robot; as a social story telling agent for improving

social
skills in ASD children; to support children to recognize basic

emotions; and to mediate social play
skills of children with ASD with

their sibling. The outcomes of these studies showed positive r
esults.
In

all the studies, the robot was used in a Wizard of Oz setup. Future work

includes evolving to more
supervised autonomous interaction.