Emotional AI and Companion Robots
This project stream in the Newcastle Robotics Lab investigates how emotion and affect can be implemented in artificial systems in order to achieve a basic sense of empathy and simulate the perception of aesthetics.
As an initial question we investigated what features and pattern of the visual environment are known to affect the (emotional or affective) state of the human body and how these concepts can be implemented on a robot.
We soon reached the boundaries of what is known in science and psychology about emotions and affect and since then we further investigate associated fundamental questions in collaboration with architects and neuroscientists.
Stephan K. Chalup, Michael J. Ostwald, Peter Walla, Aaron Wong, Kenny Hong, Trent Houliston
We currently seek funding to expand this project and develop a physical working companion robot.