This graphical user interface (GUI) was designed to provide continuous and expressive opportunities for human-robot interaction.  A central idea of the GUI is the concept of action-possibility, that is, the potential for the robot to act in the world and execute tasks for people. The GUI is dynamic since the action-possibilities change according to the interplay between the specific configurations of the environment, the person’s potential needs and desires, and the likelihood of the robot executing a task. The size of the icon indicates the possible action that is most likely to be performed. The GUI contains also a robot-view, so that the person can see what the robot is looking at, as if the person can see through its eyes. The mask is dynamic, thus pretending to express the robot’s emotional state. Whilst the action-possibilities indicate what the robot can do in context, the mask shows how the robot feels in order to share its internal states with the person on an emotional level.

The GUI was developed in the context of the European Project ACCOMAPANY (http://accompanyproject.eu).


PARTNERS University of Siena