Affective Robots as Mediators in Smart Environments
Following the Ambient Intelligence vision, a Smart Environment (SE) has the main aim of facilitating the user in interacting with its services by making their fruition easy, natural and adapted to the user needs. In this abstract we propose, as counterpart of the interaction, an “affective robot” that acts as mediator between the user and the environment. On one hand, the robot can be thought as a mobile and intelligent interface to the environment system. On the other hand, users establish an affective and familiar relation with it. Since this kind of interaction involves socio-emotional content it is important to take social-affective factors into account. In this case robots lose their connotation of technological tools and embody the one of friendly companion . According to this metaphor, the robot has a role, a personality and coherent behaviours that allow it to follow social dynamics, to create relationships with humans and to invoke social responses. Then, as a consequence, user modelling becomes a key issue for developing such a successful proactive robot: it has to be able to consider and combine rational factors (i.e. interests, beliefs, abilities, preferences) and extra-rational ones (i.e. attitude, affective and social factors) considering the dependencies and influences between them.
KeywordsSocial Response User Modelling Environment System Technological Tool Social Dynamic
- 1.Dautenhahn, K.: Robots as social actors: Aurora and the case of autism. In: Proc. CT 1999, The Third International Cognitive Technology Conference, San Francisco, August, pp. 359–374 (1999)Google Scholar