The course will give an overview of different methods and approaches used in Human-Robot Interaction Research and Social Robotics. Current efforts to integrate robots into mixed human-robot ecologies will be contextualized in the theoretical history of the field and its origins, beginning with Cybernetics research in the late 1940s. On this basis, different conceptual perspectives, important for the field and implemented in current experimental HRI studies, will be explored and illustrated, with particular attention to the psychological mechanisms supporting the interaction between humans and robots. In the second part of the lecture examples of recent research will be given in order to illustrate the limits and possibilities of the current Social Robotics approaches.
The estimated length of the lecture is 2 x 45 minutes, with a 15 minutes break and 15 minutes time for a follow up discussion.
Dr. Lehmann is a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher in the iCub Facility at the Italian Institute of Technology, where he develops the SICSAR project, dedicated to generate and test social interaction behaviors for the iCub robot. Dr. Lehmann received his Diploma in Psychology from the Technical University Dresden, his MA degree in Psychology at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Bath. In these years he has worked, from different interdisciplinary perspectives, on Evolution and Social Cognition, examining in particular possible reasons for the evolution of social structures in primates, the role of social dominance in this process, and social gaze behavior and its role in human social evolution. His current work is devoted to the application of this knowledge to the fields of Human-Robot Interaction and Social Robotics, through experimental research and with a particular focus on Robot Assisted Therapy and robotic home companions. Before his work at the IIT, he was part of the Adaptive Systems Research Group in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire, where he was involved in different European projects, e.g. iTALK, and ACCOMPANY.
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