Francisco Mendonca

Research project title: 
(MSc) Mutual Gaze Controller for iCub: Markov Modelling of Human gaze
Research project: 

Why is gaze so important? Why do we want robots to have more human like gaze? And how can we achieve this?

Psychology has discovered that gaze has an important part in human social interaction, and importance that extends to all primates. When robots take on human shape and roles the expectation that they will follow social convention increases. We present an overview of the literature on efforts to make the behaviour, especially gaze behaviour, of robots more human like during social interactions, mostly one-on-one.

This project proposes to use data gathered previously of face to face conversations and the probabilistic tool of Markov chains to design a gaze controller that exhibits more human-like gaze behaviour.



Student type: 
Current student