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Physical embodiment of social robots enables them to realize active social touch interaction, which plays an essential role in human-human interaction. This project aims to develop a mechanism for safe and trustworthy social touch interaction between human and robots based on computational approach. We will evaluate the effectiveness of social touch interaction with robots in both childcare and elderly care contexts.

Project video (2019 version):

Computational Social Touch for Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction (2020/02/29)
Computational Social Touch for Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction