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Talk on Eye Gazing for Social Robots

Author:movellan @ February 23rd, 2009 Leave a Comment

The UCSD Department of Cognitive Science is pleased to announce a talk by

Bilge Mutlu

Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, February 23, 2009 at 12pm
Cognitive Science Building, room 003

“Designing Socially Interactive Systems”

Recent advances in artificial intelligence and speech recognition have enabled a new genre of computer interfaces that promise social and cognitive assistance in our day-to-day lives. Humanlike robots, one family of such interfaces, might someday provide social and informational services such as storytelling, educational assistance, companionship using complex, adaptive real-world interactions. In my research, I harness existing knowledge of human cognitive and communicative mechanisms and generate new knowledge in order to design these systems such that they more effectively yield social and cognitive benefits. In this talk, I will present a theoretically and empirically grounded framework for designing social behavior for interactive systems. This process draws on theories of social cognition and communication and formal qualitative and quantitative observations of human behavior, and produces computational models of social behavior that can be enacted by interactive systems. I will present a series of empirical studies that demonstrate how this framework might be used to design social gaze behaviors for humanlike robots and how participants show social and cognitive improvements particularly, better recall of information, more conversational participation, and stronger rapport and attribution of intentionality led by theoretically based manipulations in the designed gaze behavior. I will also present a vision for future work in this area that provides a framework for interdisciplinary research, drawing on knowledge from and contributing to research in social cognition, human-computer interaction, machine learning, and computational linguistics.