In the near future, we will be increasingly interacting with artificial entities that function autonomously, for example machines that do your housecleaning, care-droids in homes for the elderly, and robots that provide labour in factory settings. It is critical that these systems engage with us in a manner that is intuitively understandable, in order to avoid confusing, inappropriate or even dangerous situations. Therefore, we need to understand how to design the expressive behaviour of these systems so that they can display their intention and act with social awareness. This project focuses on how to design the expressive behaviour of artificial entities such as robots and smart products, to foster intuitive social interaction. The aim of this project is to translate social cues in human-human communication into the expressive behaviours of artificial entities so as to elicit intuitive social interaction. Human empathy, technical understanding and aesthetic sensitivity are all required to make this translation. We facilitate this approach by a Cinema Design Studio (CDS) where the expressive behaviours of artificial entities can be creatively explored in a social setting.
Affiliates / Collaborators
Prof. Dr. Ir. C.M. Jonker, Ing. J. van Moorst