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NICA: Natural Interaction with a Caring Agent

  • Berardina De Carolis
  • Irene Mazzotta
  • Nicole Novielli
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5859)

Abstract

Ambient Intelligence solutions may provide a great opportunity for elderly people to live longer at home. Assistance and care are delegated to the intelligence embedded in the environment. However, besides considering service-oriented response to the user needs, the assistance has to take into account the establishment of social relations. We propose the use of a robot NICA (as the name of the project Natural Interaction with a Caring Agent) acting as a caring assistant that provides a social interface with the smart home services. In this paper, we introduce the general architecture of the robot’s “mind” and then we focus on the need to properly react to affective and socially oriented situations.

Keywords

Caring Agent Smart Home Social Robot Natural Interaction Contingent Goal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Berardina De Carolis
    • 1
  • Irene Mazzotta
    • 1
  • Nicole Novielli
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di InformaticaUniversity of Bari 

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