Lovotics

Lovotics refers to the research of human-to-robot or even robot-to-robot romantic relationship.  We refer to such relationships as Lovotic.  These relationships offer new possibilities for exploring the concept and possibilities of human love. The first step in Lovotics is to develop a deep understanding of the physics, physiology and emotions of the human being in order to model this in the robot.

Even though various fields have proposed ideas about the role and function of love, the current understanding about love is still quite limited. Furthermore, developing an affection system similar to that of the human being presents considerable technological challenges.

The robot would need to be an active participant in the communication process and adjust its internal affective states depending on inputs and feedback from the human. States, moods, emotions, affects and interactions are key modules in this research.

A wealth of information about a person’s emotions and state of mind can be drawn from facial expressions, voice, blood pressure, temperature, gesture, etc.  The affective system of the robot would need to analyze system inputs to generate suitable states and behaviors for the robot in real-time. The affective system should be modeled as closely to the human being as possible in order to be an emotionally engaging system.

Lovotics should be considered as multidisciplinary research field utilizing fundamentals concepts from philosophy, psychology, biology, anthropology, neuroscience, social science, robotics, computer science, engineering and artificial intelligence. Our Engineering approach provides a system consisting of relevant modules allowing the development of functionalities based on multidisciplinary research yielding a new form of love relationships.

Lovotics website:

www.Lovotics.com

Lovotics Video:

Publications:

  • H. A. Samani, A. D. Cheok (2011) From Human-Robot Relationship to Robot-Based Leadership. In 2011 IEEE International Conference on Human System Interaction – HSI 2011.
  • H. A. Samani, A. D. Cheok (2010) Probability of Love between Robots and Humans. In 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems – IROS 2010.
  • H. A. Samani, A. D. Cheok, A. Nagpal et al. (2010) Towards a Formulation of Love in Human-Robot Interaction. In 19th IEEE International Symposium in Robot and Human Interactive Communication – Ro-Man 2010.
  • H. A. Samani, A. D. Cheok, N. Fernando (2010) An Affective Interactive Audio Interface for Lovotics. In International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology – ACE 2010.
  • H. A. Samani, A. D. Cheok, M. J. Tharakan et al. (2010) A Design Process for Lovotics. In 3rd International conference on Human-robot personal relationship – HRPR 2010.
  • S. Nomura, K. S. Teh, H. A. Samani et al. (2009) Feasibility of Social Interfaces based on Tactile Senses for Caring Communication. In The 8th International Workshop on Social Intelligence Design – SID 2009.
  • H. A. Samani, D. Polydoru, T. Marsh, A. D. Cheok (2009) Emotional Intelligence Engine for Serious Game. In 40th annual conference of International Simulation and Gaming Association, Learn to Game, Game to Learn – ISAGA 2009.
  • A. D. Cheok, I. S. Godage, H. A. Samani et al. (2009) Intimate Physical Interaction with Robots , Human – Robot Kiss. In 2nd International conference on Human-robot personal relationship – HRPR 2009.
  • H. A. Samani, A. D. Cheok, I. S. Godage (2008) LOVOTICS : Adding Love to Human-Robot Relationships. In ACE International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology – ACE 2008.
  • S. S. Ge, H. A. Samani, Y.H.J. Ong, C. C. Hang (2008) Active Affective Facial Analysis for Human-Robot Interaction. In The 17th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication – RO-MAN 2008.
  • H. A. Samani, S. S. Ge, C. C. Hang (2008) LOVOTIC : LOVE and ROBOTIC Affective States Based on Visual Perceptions. In 1st International conference on Human-robot personal relationship – HRPR 2008.

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