Neuro-Robotic Technologies and Social Interactions

K. McDowell, A. R. Marathe, B. Lance, J. S. Metcalfe, Paul Sajda

The current bandwidth for understanding cognitive and emotional context of a person is much more limited between robots and humans than among humans. Advances in human sensing technologies over the past two decades hold promise for providing online and unique information sources that can lead to deeper insights into human cognitive and emotional state than are currently attainable. However, blind application of the human sensing technologies alone is not a solution. Here, we focus on the integration of neuroscience with robotic technologies for improving social interactions. We discuss the issue of uncertainty in human state detection and the need to develop approaches to estimate and integrate knowledge of that uncertainty. We illustrate this by discussing two application areas and the potential neuro-robotic technologies that could be developed within them

Accepted 3 March 2014
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