London, Feb 10 (): An Indian student in the UK has built the world’s friendliest robot, ERWIN (Emotional Robot with Intelligent Network). The robot unbelievably expresses five basic emotions while interacting with humans.
ERWIN has been developed at the University of Lincoln as division of a study trying to understand how long-term relationships may be copied between humans and androids. Its simple appearance and behaviour are intended to help children, particularly those with developmental disorders such as autism.
ERWIN, initially the brain child of Dr John Murray from the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK is helping scientists to understand how more accurate long-term relationships might be developed between humans and robots.
The robot has been now developed by PhD student Mriganka Biswas and he is proceeding with his new study to find out how some of the human-like thought biases in robot characteristics affect the human-robot relationship. In a press release, Mriganka Biswas said that University shares that humans have cognitive biases that make us what we are.
The research could also solve hurdles to understand how relationships are formed by children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome or an attachment disorder. Study of human interactions and relationships will help scientists introduce the same characteristics and personalities in the robot.
Nowadays, robots are being increasingly used in different fields such as in medical surgeries, rescuing people from debris, as an aid for people who have autism and elderly support, Biswas said. He added, robots can be efficiently used for elderly support and for people with autism, but for that robots need to be approachable, friendly, pleasant and must be skilful of identifying users’ needs and emotions.
Scientists will be organising data from the interactions of robot with humans, while also using a 3D-printed humanoid robot and Keepon – a small yellow robot designed to study social development by interacting with children.