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Flexible Task Execution and Attentional Regulations for Human-Robot Cooperative Interaction

  • Speaker: Professor Alberto Finzi, University of Naples
  • Date: Thursday, 16 June 2016 from 02:00 to 15:00
  • Location: Room 151
A robotic system that interacts with humans is expected to flexibly execute structured cooperative tasks, while reacting to unexpected events and behaviors. In this talk, we face these issues presenting a framework that integrates cognitive control, executive attention, and hierarchical plan execution. In the proposed approach, the execution of structured tasks is guided by top-down (task-oriented) and bottom-up (stimuli-oriented) attentional processes that affect behavior selection and activation, while resolving conflicts and decisional impasses. We provide an overview of the overall system architecture discussing the framework at work in different case studies."
Author: Alberto Finzi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (DIETI), University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy). He received his Ph.D degree in Computer Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). His research interests include Cognitive Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Executive and Cognitive Control, Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, Planning and Scheduling Systems, Multi-agent Systems, Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems. He has been recently involved in several research projects sponsored by the EC (European Community), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), ESA (European Space Agency), ASI (Italian Space Agency), FWF (Austrian Science Fund), MIUR (Italian Ministry for University and Research), and private industries