Neuroscience Seminar : Human interaction with artificial agents
Dr Serge Thill (School of Informatics, University of Skövde)
Friday, 27 May 2016, 1.15pm to 2.15pm
C160 Department of Experimental Psychology
Hosted by Carlos Pedreira and Mark Buckley
More specifically, I will discuss work on an ongoing project (DREAM: www.dream2020.eu), where we design robots for use in therapy with children with ASD. This will illustrate in particular that, in social HRI applications, desired functionality of a robot is often specified in terms of the desired interaction patterns rather than the behaviour of the robot itself, which poses a challenge for those building the robots. A second insight is that humans adapt their behaviour according to their beliefs about the abilities of the other agent. I will present work that investigated human interaction with adaptive vehicles that highlight the importance of understanding how a system is perceived by its users (regardless of its actual abilities). At a more general level, humans have both the ability to read intentions underlying the behaviour of another agent, and they have the ability to ascribe intentions to clearly inanimate forms, which again has implications for robot design that I will touch upon.