Published on March 9, 2022 Updated on April 30, 2023

Alfonsina SCARINZI

Universität Göttingen - Germany
Visiting Scholar invited by research center ETIS
Stays from 2nd March to 31st May, 2022
Curriculum Vitae

Research project

Interacting by Moving: Affective Cognition, Emotions and Embodied AI

This project focuses on the conditions for movement-based affective interactions between artificial agents, which are “programmed” to move, and human agents, which are moved to move
towards or against or away from an object, a situation, a partner in interactions. It makes a strong argument for emotions as specific forms of bodily directedness towards the valences and affordances of a given situation in the engagement with the environment that has affect-like properties. The project focuses on the constitutive role of body motion in a cycle of embodied affectivity and on how the kinetics and intensity of the emotions of one partner (robot or human) affects the body motion of the other partner (robot or human) and influences her action readiness. It shows how a shift of attention from emotion categorization and recognition to the role of movement can contribute to develop robots that can learn through affective interactions