(talk recording available)
Simon Fraser University, The School of Computing Science
ATTENTION: EVENT LOCATION is Busch Campus - Pharmacy Building Room 111
Abstract: How might we teach a robot what it means to feel? In this talk, I will discuss experiments in defining intelligence, grounding and authenticity, with regards to emotions and embodiment in robots. We will take a close look at empathy in robots and humans, and I will give examples about how we can use developmental psychology and neuroscience findings to implement new models for robot intelligence. Humanoid robotics provides an avenue to integrate fields of perception such as vision and sound along with actuation, and we will also discuss the creation of coherent models in the context of cross-modal emotion in music, movement and voice.
Bio: Dr. Angelica Lim is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada, who has studied and worked in robotics for over 10 years in Canada, France and Japan. As director of the SFU Rosie Lab, her current research focuses on building robots with social intelligence and empathy, particularly using affective and developmental robotics paradigms. Before that, she spent 4 years as a Software Engineering Manager at SoftBank Robotics in Paris, where she led the emotion recognition team for Pepper the humanoid robot. She has been featured on the BBC, given talks at SXSW and TEDx, hosted a TV documentary on robotics, and was recently featured in Forbes 20 Leading Women in AI. She is a native of Vancouver, with a B.Sc. in Computing Science from SFU and a Ph.D. and Masters from Kyoto University, Japan.