An Architecture with a Mobile Phone Interface for the Interaction of a Human with a Humanoid Robot Expressing Emotions and Personality

  • Antonio Chella
  • Rosario Sorbello
  • Giovanni Pilato
  • Giorgio Vassallo
  • Giuseppe Balistreri
  • Marcello Giardina
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6934)


In this paper is illustrated the cognitive architecture of a humanoid robot based on the proposed paradigm of Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA). This paradigm is a step towards the simulation of an emotional behavior of a robot interacting with humans. The LSA approach allows the creation and the use of a data driven high-dimensional conceptual space. We developed an architecture based on three main areas: Sub-conceptual, Emotional and Behavioral. The first area analyzes perceptual data coming from the sensors. The second area builds the sub-symbolic representation of emotions in a conceptual space of emotional states. The last area triggers a latent semantic behavior which is related to the humanoid emotional state. The robot shows its overall behavior also taking into account its “personality”. We implemented the system on a Aldebaran NAO humanoid robot and we tested the emotional interaction with humans through the use of a mobile phone as an interface.


Humanoid Robot Emotions Personality Latent Semantic Analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Chella
    • 1
  • Rosario Sorbello
    • 1
  • Giovanni Pilato
    • 2
  • Giorgio Vassallo
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Balistreri
    • 1
  • Marcello Giardina
    • 1
  1. 1.RoboticsLabDICGIM Università degli Studi di PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.ICAR, CNR Viale delle ScienzePalermoItaly

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