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Collaborators: Francisco S. Melo, Ana Paiva, Pedro Sequeira, Alberto Sardinha, Rui Silva, Carla Guerra
Keywords: Symbiotic interaction, human-robot interaction, ASD


The INSIDE initiative explores symbiotic interactions between humans and robots in joint cooperative activities, and addresses the following key research problems:


  • How can robots plan their course of action to coordinate with and accommodate for the co-actions of their human teammates? In particular, is it possible to foresee, at planning time, the possibility of having the robots assist humans in actions that the latter cannot perform single-handedly (due to the complexity of the action or to limitations of the human agent) as well as having the humans assist the robots in those actions that the robots cannot perform on their own (for example, due to perceptual or actuation limitations)?
  • How can task, context and environment information collected from a set of networked sensors (such as cameras and biometric sensors) be exploited to create more natural and engaging interactions between humans and robots involved in a joint cooperative activity in a physical environment?


INSIDE strives to develop new hardware and software solutions that will support a real-world interaction with children with ASD in a joint cooperative task with therapeutical purposes.


The Development of Cooperation in Evolving Populations through Social Importance
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Pedro Sequeira and Samuel Mascarenhas and Francisco S. Melo and Ana Paiva, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics, pg. 308--313, IEEE Computer Society, Providence, Rhode Island, Aug, 2015
The “Favors Game”: A Framework to Study the Emergence of Cooperation through Social Importance ( Extended Abstract )
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Pedro Sequeira and Samuel Mascarenhas and Francisco S. Melo and Ana Paiva, Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, pg. 1899--1900, Istanbul, Turkey, May, 2015