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The study of tactile sensing in emotive behavior of a robotic system

Grant number: 19/01765-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): September 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Principal Investigator:Wagner Tanaka Botelho
Grantee:Gilmar Correia Jeronimo
Host Institution: Centro de Matemática, Computação e Cognição (CMCC). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Santo André , SP, Brazil


In one of its roles, Robotic seeks to stimulate the knowledge and learning in science areas to teenagers, young people and adults. Currently, in order to apply emotive behavior in robotic systems, the artificial emotion is one of the Robotic interests, involving fields such as Psychology and Neuroscience. In these areas, the focus is on sensory and affective systems, studying emotions, feelings and sensors that simulate human senses. The main target of this research project is to investigate the process of emotion formation in robotic systems through tactile sense, studying the stimulus formation and its correlation with the external environment. It is important to highlight that some authors explain that the emotions transmitted by the tactile sense have the same efficiency as facial or vocal senses, for instance. For the study of the tactile sense, a robotic architecture is proposed. It is composed of piezoelectric sensors, Raspberry Pi 3B, raspi2Dynamixel and the AX12-JavA library. Thus, it is possible to investigate how the tactile sense, represented by a circuit of piezoelectric sensors that simulates artificial skin, can influence the emotive behavior of a robotic system.

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