The focus of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Unit (RBCS) is a “human centric” approach to interaction science along three main branches of research: i) humanoid robotics with a focus on cognition; ii) human behavioural studies and rehabilitation with a focus on action and perception; iii) human-machine communication and interaction with a focus on agent-agent cooperation guided by mutual understanding. A factor, common to all branches, is the focus on learning and development in the framework of goal-directed actions.
Our group takes in account the impact of our research on various aspects.
The scientific value lies in the advancement of knowledge through the investigation of human motor, perceptual and cognitive abilities as well as the implementation of explanatory embodied models of such abilities.
The technological impact is produced by scientific results thanks to the development of new devices and technologies in three main areas: i) Hardware and software for machine intelligence; ii) Tools for quantitative assessment of human performance in healthy and disabled persons; iii) Sensory and motor rehabilitation tools and protocols. A social value is produced by exploiting supportive and rehabilitation technologies to improve social inclusion and the quality of life particularly of the weak components of our society.
A network of formalized collaborations and joint labs established with clinical and rehabilitation centres validates this value chain.
RBCS Unit embodies the concept of interdisciplinarity by hosting and nurturing collaborations between scientists with very diversified background sharing an interest in producing these scientific, technological and social values.