Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

Angelica Lim: Flutist. Global Roboticist. Proud Master of a Robot Dalmatian Named Sparky.

Angelica Lim and the Pepper robot.

Angelica Lim of Aldebaran Robotics works to build 'emotional' robots.

Credit: Irwin Wong

Angelica Lim, who works as a "developer on emotion recognition" on the Pepper robot at Aldebaran Robotics in Paris, specializes in building robots that can identify and express emotions.

"Our machines, our phones...they can't empathize," Lim says. "I think that's the biggest hurdle. We want a robot to be compassionate."

Lim sees such machines helping to coach or encourage people to seek out social contact, citing as an example robots designed to detect sadness so they can cheer people up. Lim also says the idea is not to replace people with robots, noting they could be very useful as companions for the elderly at times when they are alone, to name one example.

"There's a field of robotics called 'developmental robotics' that says that robots will become intelligent by learning expression like children do," Lim says. "The idea is that expressions are developed through time and interactions." Lim envisions robots learning to recognize emotions and respond appropriately in a similar manner.

She says the biggest misconception people have about robots and emotions might be about what emotions they talk about. "People think a robot will 'get emotional,' which has a negative connotation," Lim says. "It's important to think about the compassionate part. Being able to share emotions."

From TechRepublic
View Full Article


Abstracts Copyright © 2015 Information Inc., Bethesda, Maryland, USA


No entries found