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Abel: Integrating Humanoid Body, Emotions, and Time Perception to Investigate Social Interaction and Human Cognition

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E. Piaggio Research Center, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Creative Director of Biomimic Studio, London SE18 5T, UK
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Information Engineering Department, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Academic Editors: Elena Lazkano and Igor Rodriguez Rodriguez
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 1070; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031070
Received: 31 December 2020 / Revised: 17 January 2021 / Accepted: 20 January 2021 / Published: 25 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Robotics: Theory, Methods and Applications)
Humanoids have been created for assisting or replacing humans in many applications, providing encouraging results in contexts where social and emotional interaction is required, such as healthcare, education, and therapy. Bioinspiration, that has often guided the design of their bodies and minds, made them also become excellent research tools, probably the best platform by which we can model, test, and understand the human mind and behavior. Driven by the aim of creating a believable robot for interactive applications, as well as a research platform for investigating human cognition and emotion, we are constructing a new humanoid social robot: Abel. In this paper, we discussed three of the fundamental principles that motivated the design of Abel and its cognitive and emotional system: hyper-realistic humanoid aesthetics, human-inspired emotion processing, and human-like perception of time. After reporting a brief state-of-the-art on the related topics, we present the robot at its stage of development, what are the perspectives for its application, and how it could satisfy the expectations as a tool to investigate the human mind, behavior, and consciousness. View Full-Text
Keywords: humanoid robotics; social robotics; cognitive systems; embodiment; time perception; artificial emotions humanoid robotics; social robotics; cognitive systems; embodiment; time perception; artificial emotions
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Cominelli, L.; Hoegen, G.; De Rossi, D. Abel: Integrating Humanoid Body, Emotions, and Time Perception to Investigate Social Interaction and Human Cognition. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 1070. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031070

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Cominelli L, Hoegen G, De Rossi D. Abel: Integrating Humanoid Body, Emotions, and Time Perception to Investigate Social Interaction and Human Cognition. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(3):1070. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031070

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Cominelli, Lorenzo, Gustav Hoegen, and Danilo De Rossi. 2021. "Abel: Integrating Humanoid Body, Emotions, and Time Perception to Investigate Social Interaction and Human Cognition" Applied Sciences 11, no. 3: 1070. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031070

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