|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||ING-INF/05|
Social Robotics (SoRo) is a research field that provides robots with a brand new set of skills, specifically related to social behaviour and natural interaction with humans. Different aspects must be considered when seeking to the design of robots capable of social interaction: how robots can enable an intuitive interaction through proxemics, gestures, gaze or head movements, as well as speech; how timely, purposive, and appropriate communication is established; which environmental (including human) cues must be detected, represented and considered to ground such interaction.
The objective of the course is to make students aware about the most relevant issues in the fields of social robotics, including: verbal and nonverbal human-robot interaction; cultural factors in the design of social robots; anthropomorphic and zoomorphic robots and robot behaviours; sensors for human-robot interaction; methodology and constraints in making experiments with robots and human participants; application scenarios. The student will face these problems both from a theoretical perspective and through practical assignments, by exploring in depth one of the topics above on real robots for social interaction.
At the end of the class, the student will be able to:
Practice classes will be carried out using a humanoid Pepper robot from SoftBanks Robotics and other HW and SW tools.
Students must know how to program in C/C++ or Python.
All classes will involve thematic frontal lectures and a series of practice classes related to the discussed topics.
SoRo is organised as a series of thematic lectures:
Relevant material (tech reports, slides, papers) will be distributed by the teachers during the lectures.
ANTONIO SGORBISSA (President)
FULVIO MASTROGIOVANNI (President Substitute)
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
The SoRo final mark is based on a written exam at the end of the course plus assignments during the course
Please note that:
Properly carrying out an assignment means providing:
The written exam and the assignments will be evaluated based on: