Research Topics and Projects (to be updated!)


Why would we give emotions to robots? Our research has two goals:

1) Understanding emotions in biological systems (humans and other animals) and their functions. We ask questions such as:

  • What are the key features of human and animal emotions that can be shared by autonomous robots in similar environments?
  • How do emotions affect behaviour and cognition?
  • How did emotions evolve?
  • How do they develop through life?

2) Building better robots. We ask questions such as:

  • How can emotions help robots to make “good” decisions?
  • How can emotions make robots interact with people better?

Answering these questions requires giving robots internal models of emotions in addition to skills to express emotions and recognize emotions.

Some of my Projects (to be updated):

  • Autonomous Robots as Embodied Models of Mental Disorders.
  • ROBIN The autonomous robot toddler to support self-management in children with diabetes.
  • The EC-funded FP7 project ALIZ-E (Adaptive Strategies for Sustainable Long-Term Social Interaction) in which I led the thematic area Non-Verbal Interaction (COMPLETED).
  • The EC-funded FP6 project FEELIX GROWING (FEEL, Interact, eXpress: a Global appRoach to develOpment With INterdisciplinary Grounding), which I coordinated (COMPLETED).
  • The EC-funded FP6 Network of Excellence HUMAINE (Human-Machine Interaction Network on Emotion), in which I led the thematic area Emotion in Cognition and Action (COMPLETED).