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Il 29.10.2021

The Role of Kinematics in Human-Robot Interaction

The workshop explores the ways to guarantee an efficient, safe, and fluent collaboration between human and robot

On 29th October, at 5.00 p.m. Laila Craighero (Full Professor of Psychobiology at the Università di Ferrara) presents the workshop "The role of kinematics in human-robot interaction". The workshop is promoted by Marco Controzzi, Assistant Professor at The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, within the framework of the H2020 European project APRIL (multipurpose robotics for mAniPulation of defoRmable materIaLs in manufacturing processes, DT-FOF-12-2019: Handling systems for flexible materials, GA #870142).
The seminar will take place in Aula 1 (The BioRobotics Institute). Live streaming on Microsoft Teams.


Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a field of study dedicated to understanding, designing, and evaluating robotic systems for use by or with humans” (Goodrich & Schultz, 2007). Among HRI-related problems, a key theme regards how to guarantee an efficient, safe, and fluent collaboration. The success of human-human interaction mainly derives from the ability of individuals to recognize others’ actions and to foresee their consequences. In this seminar, prof. Laila Craighero will discuss the basic kinematic characteristics of biological movement and how these are affected by the intent of the agent. The possibility to collaborate successfully depends on the ability to decode intentions from movement kinematics. Evidence will be presented showing that actions performed by robots moving with non-biological kinematics are processed differently from the same actions performed by a human or a robot moving with biological kinematics.


Laila Craighero is Full Professor of Psychobiology at the Università di Ferrara. Her research interest is on the role that the sensorimotor system plays in the origin and development of cognitive functions. She deals specifically with the study of neuronal processes necessary for interaction with the environment and with others. She has experience in multidisciplinary collaboration to implement in artificial systems operational processes compatible with the findings of cognitive neuroscience (she was in the research network of many EC grants on the topic, including MIRROR, NEUROBOTICS-coordinated by SSSA-, and ROBOTCUB).



Il 29.10.2021

From 17:00

Event's place:
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
56025 Pontedera (PI) PI