- Modeling emotions in autonomous robots to understand human emotions - Lola Cañamero | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
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Modeling emotions in autonomous robots to understand human emotions

Lecture by Lola Cañamero

Why would we give emotions to robots? My research has two goals. On the one hand, by building biologically-inspired models of emotions in robots, I would like to help understanding emotions in biological systems (humans and other animals) and their functions. From this perspective, we investigate questions such as: what are the key features of human and animal emotions that can be shared by autonomous robots in similar environments?

On the other hand, by modeling emotions in robots I also aim to build better robots. From this perspective, we investigate questions such as: how can emotions help robots to make “good” (e.g., appropriate, adapted to the specific circumstances, ethical) decisions? How can emotions make robots interact with people better (e.g., in a more personalized and supportive way)? In this talk I will discuss the above issues, illustrating them with selected examples of affective autonomous and social robots developed by my group.

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Lola Cañamero

Professor of Adaptive Systems (Artificial Intelligence) and director of the “Embodied Emotion, Cognition and (Inter-)Action” laboratory.