Artificial agents which learn through imitation and social interactions provide important insights for human social cognition. We focus on modelling the cognitive mechanisms involved in social interaction, such as intention attribution and agency. Our research enables us to design human-like robotic behaviors to reach more realistic human-robot interactions.
Social and Therapeutic Robotics
Social robots are a promising tool to provide therapeutic frameworks for individuals with social impairments such as autism and schizophrenia. In collaboration with psychiatrists specialized in social impairments, we focus on researching and providing impairment-specific social behaviors for robots.We develop approaches and applications: