Can a robot express emotions? This is the main question at the base of the FACE team research.

We are an interdisciplinary team of Interdepartmental Research Center “E.Piaggio” at University of Pisa.

We work on “Emotional Human Robot Interaction” using human-like robots which embody emotional states, empathy and non-verbal communication.

Our group uses a Life-like android, FACE (Facial Automation for Conveying Emotions), which presents emotional information through facial expressions to study the human robot empathic link.

FACE is part of a complex Human Interaction Persuasive Observation Platform (HIPOP) able to collect synchronized information acquired from different sensors, i.e. physiological, psychological and behavioral data. Thanks to its modularity, HIPOP allows scientists to configure different experiments selecting the number and the type of available modules to follow protocol requirements.