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Human Communication and Perception
Social robots enable researchers to run controlled experiments to understand human psychology, language, social behaviour and more.
Understanding human psychology, language and social behaviour
A digital actor
At the Centre for Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (cSCAN), Dr Rachael Jack and her fellow researchers are using the Furhat robot to conduct experiments that investigate cultural differences in using facial expressions for social communication.
Social robots must be able to communicate effectively by using a host of different languages, including the language of human facial expressions. Whilst humans can effortlessly understand and produce the non-verbal language of facial expressions, social robots, which are already being commercially deployed in educational and care settings, cannot yet do this. To address this limitation, Dr Jack and her team have been formally characterising the language of facial expressions; understanding its structure, syntax, and semantics to develop mathematical models that will equip social robots with this most human of abilities.
The customizability and fine control of Furhat’s face and facial expressions make it a perfect companion for this research track.
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