Emotion Modeling in Robots

Why would we give emotions to robots? Our research has two goals:

1) Understanding emotions in biological systems (humans and other animals) and their functions. We ask questions such as:

  • What are the key features of human and animal emotions that can be shared by autonomous robots in similar environments?
  • How do emotions affect behaviour and cognition?
  • How did emotions evolve?
  • How do they develop through life?

2) Building better robots. We ask questions such as:

  • How can emotions help robots to make “good” decisions?
  • How can emotions make robots interact with people better?

Answering these questions requires giving robots internal models of emotions in addition to skills to express emotions and recognize emotions.