Is it possible to develop interactive technologies that are beautiful and pleasant to use, which seduce our senses, which are intriguing, stimulating, entertaining, which can be used to stimulate people and can resonate with our abilities and expectations?
The Laboratory of Robotics and Learning Technologies addresses this question by developing and experimenting with interactive technologies and robotic systems, according to the principles of Interaction Design .
Our work is inspired by Human-centered Design, pivoting on the uniqueness for people’s perceptual-motor, cognitive, emotional and social skills; and the Research-through-Design, an approach to design that focuses on prototyping, as materialization of concepts and hypotheses, and their evaluation in the field, with the aim to advance in theoretical knowledge.
The laboratory develops projects in various fields of application, from entertainment, to learning, from rehabilitation, to providing support to the development of the autonomy of persons with disabilities.
The structure is coordinated and directed by Prof. Patrizia Marti. The multidisciplinary research team includes competences in industrial and interaction design, engineering, experimental psychology, philosophy and computing.
Most of the prototypes developed in our laboratory, are currently experimented in nursing homes, schools and rehabilitation institutions.