Research Aim and Objectives
The THRIVE project starts from the interdisciplinary view of Developmental Robotics, that takes inspiration from developmental psychology to model the different stages of the acquisition of sensorimotor and social skills. Specifically, just like some recent studies, we have looked at the development of skills like joint attention, joint action and imitation in human-robot cooperation.
Under this perspective, the aim of this research is to understand the underlying mechanisms in the development of trust between humans and robots through the method of developmental robotics. Beyond developmental robotics, there is an increasing interest for trust in interaction with computer agents, automation system and robots. Trust is able to directly affect the willingness of people to accept robot-produced information, follow its suggestions, and benefit from the advantages inherent in robotic systems.
Specifically our objectives are:
- Defining a developmental framework for the understanding and prediction of trust interaction and joint action between humans and robots;
- Carrying out HRI experiments validating the role of joint attention, joint action, imitation and group assimiliation in the development of trust;
- Designing a cognitive architecture for autonomous robots to support and sustain the building of trust interaction between humans and robots.