Towards Personalization and Adaptation in Socially Assistive Robotics


Event details

Date 04.10.2022
Hour 10:3011:15
Speaker Silvia Rossi, associate professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Naples Federico II.
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
Talk Abstract: To make the interaction of a robot with human beings socially acceptable, legible, and adaptable, it is of paramount importance to endow a robot with the ability to model the users’ preferences, needs, and motivations. Creating robotic systems capable of correctly recognizing, and consequently, modeling human behavior and preferences is a very critical and challenging task, especially in the domain of assistive and social robotics and when working with vulnerable user populations. Moreover, the embodiment condition of a robot requires also considering the physical characteristics of the interaction, such as the user preferences regarding the robot’s physical movements in the space (e.g., proxemics, speed, and trajectories). A personalized and adaptive interaction, differently from pure reactive strategies, strongly relies on the learning of such a computational model of human behavior and on the integration of these into the decision-making algorithms of the robot. This talk will provide an overview of this problem in the context of a robot interacting with a human by focusing on how to obtain meaningful information from human observation and, consequently, how to adapt and model the robot's behavior accordingly. This analysis will be conducted by considering different levels of interaction, from the physical level to the more cognitive and social aspects of the interaction. The talk will present examples from current research projects in the area of socially assistive robotics, including assisting people with dementia and children in hospitals.

Speaker Bio: Silvia Rossi ( is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Naples Federico II. She received the M.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2001, and the Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Trento, Italy, in 2006. She is Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), the International Journal of Social Robotics, Pattern Recognition Letters, and for the Intelligent Service Robotics journal. She is the general chair of RO-MAN 2020 and RO-MAN 2022, Program Chair of ICSR 2020, and she is in the program committee of several international conferences on human–robot interaction and artificial intelligence. Prof. Rossi has been involved in several EU and non-EU projects. She is currently the principal investigator and coordinator of the MSCA-ITN-2020 PERSEO (European Training Network on Personalized Robotics as Service Oriented applications), PI of the HORIZON- TMA-MSCA-DN project TRAIL (TRAnsparent, InterpretabLe Robots), PI of the CHIST-ERA IV project COHERENT (Collaborative HiErarchical Robotic ExplaNaTions), and PI of the national project BRILLO (Bartending Robot for Interactive Long-Lasting Operations). Her research interests include Multi-agent Systems, Human-Robot Interaction, Cognitive Architectures, Behavior-based Robotics, and User Profiling and Recommender Systems. She published more than 150 papers in international journals, books, and conferences.  

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