This lab focuses on two broad but intertwined questions. First, how can robots, such as autonomous aerial vehicles, be made to intuitively interact with, communicate, and influence people? Second, what are the ethical, societal, and cultural ramifications of creating autonomous machines?
Investigating questions such as these demands a multidisciplinary team of researchers and a diversity of perspectives. Our research uses methods from social psychology, behavioral economics, and game theory in conjunction with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and engineering. We tend to focus on higher, cognitive, aspects of human-robot socialization such as relationship development, modeling of one’s interactive partner, and reasoning about trust and deception. We are particular interested in the possibility of using robots for search and rescue and humanitarian missions.