The Social Robots Team proudly presents the exciting research taking place in the lab! Below you can find a short description of ongoing research and the current stage of the project. If you want to know more please contact one of the researchers involved. Please check back for future updates.
Perception of emotion in artificial agents
In this review article, Ruud, Felix and Emily discuss how humans perceive and react to emotions expressed by robots and other artificial agents. You can read the pre-print at PsyArXiv using the link below.
Playing against an angry robot
Together with Te-Yi and Veronica, Felix and Emily explore whether participants are changing their behaviour in response to a social robot expressing sad or angry emotions in a competitive Go/No-Go task.
Automatic imitation during human-robot interaction
In this project, Ruud and Emily with help of Malte, investigate the factors within the human and artificial agent that determine automatic imitation, the copying of observed actions, during an interaction with artificial agents.
From automata to animate beings
Why do we at one time perceive a robot as merely an automaton, while at other times as an engaging social being? In this review paper Ruud and Emily explore the scope and limits of attributing socialness to artificial agents.
Positive human-robot interaction
With robots being used more and more in workplace environments, Anna, Bish and Emily are interested in which factors contribute to positive and social human-robot interactions.
Empathy and human-robot interaction
To what extent do we feel empathy for a robot? How does interaction with a robot shape these feelings of empathy? In this fMRI project, Katie, Ruud and Emily together with MSc students Jaydan and Simon investigate the flexibility of empathy at the brain and behavioural level.