AI Synergies


Ana Paiva

Professor in the Dep. of Computer Engineering
University of Lisbon

Hybrid Groups of Humans and Agents: engineering sociality and collaboration

Agents (and robots) will become part of our daily lives. As they do, they should not just be able to carry out specific tasks but also to partner with us socially and collaboratively. In addition, groups of agents could be interacting with groups of humans in joint activities.  Yet, research related to hybrid groups of humans and agents is very limited. To make this happen we need a deeper understanding of how agents can interact socially in groups, how to identify and characterize other group members, evaluate the dependencies between the behaviors of different members; understand and consider different roles, and infer how the dynamics of group interactions led to a common past or build an anticipated future.
In this talk I will discuss how to engineer social agents and robots that act autonomously as members of a group collaborating with both humans and other agents. I will start by providing an overview of recent work in social human-agent teams, and will present different scenarios to illustrate the work.


Ana Paiva is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) from the University of Lisbon and is also the Coordinator of GAIPS – “Group on AI for People and Society” at INESC-ID (see Her group investigates the creation of complex systems using an agent-based approach, with a special focus on social agents. Prof. Paiva’s main research focuses on the problems and techniques for creating social agents that can simulate human-like behaviours, be transparent, natural and eventually, give the illusion of life. Over the years she has addressed this problem by engineering agents that exhibit specific social capabilities, including emotions, personality, culture, non-verbal behaviour, empathy, collaboration, and others.  Her main contributions in the area of social agents have been in the field of embodied conversational agents, multi-agent systems, affective computing and social robotics.



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