UPA4SAR - User-Centered Profiling and Adaptation For Socially Assistive Robotics
The project goal is to design an adaptive behavior of a robotic system that is in charge of monitoring the user's Activity of Daily Living (ADL) in the case of people with dementia. In our opinion, the robot presence, in order to be effective and well accepted by users, must be the least invasive as possible. In fact, an interactive robotic device whose behavior is unrelated to the specific needs of a person, his/her abilities and preferences can cause discomfort. The majority of the robotic applications are based on static user models and on the specification of all the possible contexts of interaction. This makes such systems incapable of adapting independently and proactively to changes in the needs and preferences of users. In this direction, our goal is to design an adaptive behavior of the robotic system that is able to regulate its social interaction parameters (e.g., the interaction distances, proxemics, the speed of movements, and the same modality of interaction) on the basis of personality factors as well as of the cognitive state of the user.
Silvia Rossi, PRISCA Lab
Silvia Rossi is assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies of the University of Naples Federico II since March 2009. She is currently the chief manager of the PRISCA (Intelligent Robotics and Advanced Cognitive System Projects) lab. She received the M.Sc. degree in Physics from University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2001, and the Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Trento, Italy, in 2006. During her career, she was research assistant at the Division on Cognitive and Communication Technologies - ITC-irst (Italy), and at the institute of Cybernetics E. Caianiello - National Research Council (Italy), and visiting researcher at the Center for Human-Computer Communication - Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon (USA). She was in the program/organization committee of several international conferences on Human-robot interaction and Multi-agent Systems. She is Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) and for Intelligent Service Robotics journal.
Stand H36 (pav. 5) - Università di Napoli Federico II - PRISCA Lab