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Applied Sciences, Vol. 8, Pages 302: Designing the Mind of a Social Robot

19 Feb 2018

Applied Sciences, Vol. 8, Pages 302: Designing the Mind of a Social Robot

Applied Sciences doi: 10.3390/app8020302

Authors:
Nicole Lazzeri
Daniele Mazzei
Lorenzo Cominelli
Antonio Cisternino
Danilo Emilio De Rossi

Humans have an innate tendency to anthropomorphize surrounding entities and have always been fascinated by the creation of machines endowed with human-inspired capabilities and traits. In the last few decades, this has become a reality with enormous advances in hardware performance, computer graphics, robotics technology, and artificial intelligence. New interdisciplinary research fields have brought forth cognitive robotics aimed at building a new generation of control systems and providing robots with social, empathetic and affective capabilities. This paper presents the design, implementation, and test of a human-inspired cognitive architecture for social robots. State-of-the-art design approaches and methods are thoroughly analyzed and discussed, cases where the developed system has been successfully used are reported. The tests demonstrated the system’s ability to endow a social humanoid robot with human social behaviors and with in-silico robotic emotions.

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