Understanding and Transmitting Human Presence
For this research project, we use “Geminoids”, androids built to very closely resemble specific human “models”, as a platform for research toward understanding humans; our goal is to apply methods from engineering, cognitive science, and neuroscience to investigate various research topics.
In addition, using a teleoperation system created for this project, we explore not just how people conversing with the robot are affected, but also how the robot’s operator is affected.
In this research, we developed Geminoid HI-2, modeled on Dr. Ishiguro, and Geminoid F, an android closely resembling a specific female model. Currently, at ATR, using these androids, we are investigating the capability of such an android to socially influence people, and what operators experience when conversing using a Geminoid.
This work is supported by Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research (S), KAKENHI(25220004) and KAKENHI(20220002).