Hi! I'm Angelica, and I'm a roboticist! My Ph.D. research at Kyoto University involves building artificial intelligence for robots to tackle endeavours that we consider purely "human": those requiring emotion, beauty, and creativity.
Some examples include: a singing robot, a robot that plays music in a human ensemble, a robot that speaks and walks expressively, a robot that expresses and recognizes emotion in movement, and so on. I enjoy creating novel, human-inspired computational models and trying out new sensor-fusion and machine learning techniques.
I believe in pushing past heuristic implementations which rely on surface-level mimicry, and instead investigate psychological human mechanisms towards a "deep" AI. That way, we can create authentically moving experiences, and understand how these curious human mechanisms–such as emotion–work. Science!
Keywords: entertainment robotics, human-robot interaction, signal processing, multimodal gesture recognition, machine learning, SIRE emotion model, affective computing.
Contact me at angelica[at]kuis.kyoto-u.ac.jp