Special Issue "Advances in Social Robots"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Filippo Vella
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National Research Council of Italy—ICAR—Institute for High Performance Computing and Networks, Rende (CS), Italy
Interests: robotics; computer vision; computational creativity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The examples of robotic systems that are available nowadays show automatic systems that perform tasks with a low level of complexity, engaging in dialogue when replying to simple questions and may exploit, with limited awareness, their embodiment.

New technologies demonstrate the possibility to increase the capability of autonomous systems, enabling machines to integrate and collaborate with people in a natural and comfortable way. To process the vast wealth of information that a cyberphysical system receives, effective solutions have to be conceived. Sources of information include sensors that capture information about the environment to act and properly detect the effect of the actions of such systems; cameras acquiring information mainly oriented for human–robot interaction; and body sensors describing the status of the parts composing the robot itself. The proper filtering and processing of relevant information require multiple tasks that cooperate while they act independently. The desired capabilities of social robots range from cognitive processes, problem-solving capability, managing emotions, creativity, and smooth interactions with humans while abiding by ethical rules.

The new and challenging possibilities of robotic companions in society hinge on the proposal and actuation of new, brave, and in some cases, disruptive, solutions in the field of providing the autonomy to act, a deeper understanding of the environment and the interactions with the other actors, and a proactiveness in the tasks to be executed.

This Special Issue on Social Robotics is aimed at academic and industrial researchers who are applying new methods to solve the challenges in the field. The key areas of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

cognitive architectures; robot localization and mapping; ethics in robotics; planning; robot awareness; robot cooperation; affective computing; rehabilitation robots; robot therapy; surgical assistants; biologically inspired robotics; deep learning for robotics; intelligent environment

Dr. Filippo Vella
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • human–robot interaction
  • humanoid robots
  • robot therapy
  • awareness
  • affective computing
  • human–computer interaction
  • cognitive architectures
  • service robot

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A Revision of the Buechner–Tavani Model of Digital Trust and a Philosophical Problem It Raises for Social Robotics
Information 2020, 11(1), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11010048 - 16 Jan 2020
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In this paper the Buechner–Tavani model of digital trust is revised—new conditions for self-trust are incorporated into the model. These new conditions raise several philosophical problems concerning the idea of a substantial self for social robotics, which are closely examined. I conclude that [...] Read more.
In this paper the Buechner–Tavani model of digital trust is revised—new conditions for self-trust are incorporated into the model. These new conditions raise several philosophical problems concerning the idea of a substantial self for social robotics, which are closely examined. I conclude that reductionism about the self is incompatible with, while the idea of a substantial self is compatible with, trust relations between human agents, between human agents and artificial agents, and between artificial agents. Full article
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What Makes a Social Robot Good at Interacting with Humans?
Information 2020, 11(1), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11010043 - 13 Jan 2020
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This paper discusses the nuances of a social robot, how and why social robots are becoming increasingly significant, and what they are currently being used for. This paper also reflects on the current design of social robots as a means of interaction with [...] Read more.
This paper discusses the nuances of a social robot, how and why social robots are becoming increasingly significant, and what they are currently being used for. This paper also reflects on the current design of social robots as a means of interaction with humans and also reports potential solutions about several important questions around the futuristic design of these robots. The specific questions explored in this paper are: “Do social robots need to look like living creatures that already exist in the world for humans to interact well with them?”; “Do social robots need to have animated faces for humans to interact well with them?”; “Do social robots need to have the ability to speak a coherent human language for humans to interact well with them?” and “Do social robots need to have the capability to make physical gestures for humans to interact well with them?”. This paper reviews both verbal as well as nonverbal social and conversational cues that could be incorporated into the design of social robots, and also briefly discusses the emotional bonds that may be built between humans and robots. Facets surrounding acceptance of social robots by humans and also ethical/moral concerns have also been discussed. Full article
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