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Towards Social Machines: grooving with a DJdroid.

Photo of the EFAA Android robot

As the introduction of robots into our daily life becomes a reality, the social compatibility of such robots gains importance. To meaningfully interact with humans, robots must develop an advanced real-world social intelligence that includes novel perceptual, behavioural, emotional, motivational and cognitive capabilities. At the Innovation Convention 2014, the humanoid robot iCub invites you to play a social musical game.

The EFAA project (Experimental Functional Android Assistant) combines the humanoid robot iCub with a novel table-top tangible musical instrument called 'reactable' and an embodied theory of mind and brain. The DJdroid learns to play social musical games with a human partner at the same time advancing the symbiosis between humans and machines. Visitors at the Innovation Convention will be able to interact directly with iCub.

This biomimetic showcase uses the iCub humanoid robot developed at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and the Distributed Adaptive Control theory of mind and brain by the University Pompeu Fabra (SPECS).

EFAA is an EU funded project under the 7th Framework Programme for research and development.

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