Artificial Pleasure and Pain Antagonism Mechanism in a Social Robot

  • Antonello GalipóEmail author
  • Ignazio Infantino
  • Umberto Maniscalco
  • Salvatore Gaglio
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 76)


The goal of the work is to build some Python modules that allow the Nao robot to emulate a somatosensorial system similar to the human one. Assuming it can perceive some feelings similar to the ones recognized by the human system, it will be possible to make it react appropriately to the external stimuli. The idea is to have a group of software sensors working simultaneously, providing some feedback to show how the robot is feeling at a particular time. It will be able to feel articular pain and stress, to perceive people in his surroundings (and in a future work to react according to the knowledge of them with face recognition), feel pleasure by recognizing caresses on his head and respond to the surrounding noise level.


Soft sensors Artificial somatosensorial systems Cognitive robotics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonello Galipó
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ignazio Infantino
    • 1
  • Umberto Maniscalco
    • 1
  • Salvatore Gaglio
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.ICAR - National Research Council of ItalyPalermoItaly
  2. 2.DIIDUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly

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