Research

Do I Have a Personality? Endowing Care Robots with Context-Dependent Personality Traits

Recent studies have revealed the key importance of modelling personality in robots to improve interaction quality by empowering them with social-intelligence capabilities. Most research relies on verbal and non-verbal features related to personality …

Discovering SOCIABLE: Using a Conceptual Model to Evaluate the Legibility and Effectiveness of Backchannel Cues in an Entertainment Scenario

Robots are expected to become part of everyday life. However, while there have been important breakthroughs during the recent decades in terms of technological advances, the ability of robots to interact with humans intuitively and effectively is …

Cognitive System Framework for Brain-Training Exercise based on Human-Robot Interaction

Every 3 seconds someone develops dementia worldwide.Brain-training exercises, preferably involving also physical activity, have shown their potential to monitor and improve the brain function of people affected by Alzheimer Disease (AD) or Mild …

Short-Term Human-Robot Interaction Adaptability in Real-world Environments

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in deploying robotic systems in public environments able to effectively interact with people. To properly work in the wild, such systems should be robust and be able to deal with complex and …

Natural teaching of robot-assisted rearranging exercises for cognitive training

Social Assistive Robots are a powerful tool to be used in patients’ cognitive training. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new methodology to enable caregivers to teach cognitive exercises to the robot in an easy and natural way. We build …

Learning Robot Policies Using a High-Level Abstraction Persona-Behaviour Simulator

Collecting data in Human-Robot Interaction for training learning agents might be a hard task to accomplish. This is especially true when the target users are older adults with dementia since this usually requires hours of interactions and puts quite …

CLOTHILDE: CLOTH Manipulation Learning from DEmonstrations

Summary #During my postdoctoral research at Rutgers University, I focused on using computational approaches to study various facets of host and pathogen biology including: #* delineating the molecular mechanism underlying a newly identified stress response operon in the tubercle bacterium involving the phage-shock-proteins (psp); #* unraveling the evolution of bacterial stress response systems (psp) across the tree of life using protein sequence-structure-function relationships; #* reconstructing and analyzing the mycobacterial sigma factor regulatory network.

HuMoUR: Markerless 3D human motion understanding for adaptive robot behavior

The goal of HuMoUR is to develop novel computer vision tools to estimate and understand human motion using a simple camera and use this information as a demonstration to teach a general purpose robotic assistant to perform new complex manipulation tasks. In Robotics, this learning paradigm is referred to as Learning from Demonstration: a non-expert teacher repetitively executes a task so the robot can learn the steps and variability of the actions. Typical setups take place in controlled laboratory facilities and consist of a manipulator arm teleoperated by the user through a haptic device. In order to bring this technology to the next stage of development and out of the laboratory, we believe it is paramount to contribute both on the sensing and action fronts of the problem. HuMoUR will advance both these fields.

MdM: Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu

The María de Maeztu scientific excellence seal has been awarded to IRI by the Spanish State Research Agency for the period 01/07/2017-30/06/2021. A 4-year Strategic Research Programme will be developed in HUMAN-CENTERED ROBOTICS

SOCRATES: Social Cognitive Robotics in The European Society

SOCRATES is a training program for 15 PhD students, created to develop the field of Social Robotics with an application focus on Robotics in Eldercare. The heart and soul of SOCRATES is our 15 PhD students! To support them and their training, a consortium comprising seven universities/research institutes, three industrial partners, two end-user oriented partners, and three business oriented organizations has been formed.