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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 302; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8020302

Designing the Mind of a Social Robot

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Computer Science Department, University of Pisa, Largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa, Italy
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Research Center “E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa, Via Diotisalvi 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 26 November 2017 / Revised: 22 January 2018 / Accepted: 7 February 2018 / Published: 19 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Robotics)
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Humans have an innate tendency to anthropomorphize surrounding entities and have always been fascinated by the creation of machines endowed with human-inspired capabilities and traits. In the last few decades, this has become a reality with enormous advances in hardware performance, computer graphics, robotics technology, and artificial intelligence. New interdisciplinary research fields have brought forth cognitive robotics aimed at building a new generation of control systems and providing robots with social, empathetic and affective capabilities. This paper presents the design, implementation, and test of a human-inspired cognitive architecture for social robots. State-of-the-art design approaches and methods are thoroughly analyzed and discussed, cases where the developed system has been successfully used are reported. The tests demonstrated the system’s ability to endow a social humanoid robot with human social behaviors and with in-silico robotic emotions. View Full-Text
Keywords: social robot; robot mind; cognitive architecture; social cognition; human-inspired robot; humanoid social robot; robot mind; cognitive architecture; social cognition; human-inspired robot; humanoid
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Lazzeri, N.; Mazzei, D.; Cominelli, L.; Cisternino, A.; De Rossi, D.E. Designing the Mind of a Social Robot. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 302.

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