Hi! I'm Angelica, and I'm an A.I. roboticist! In my research at Kyoto University, I build artificial intelligence for robots to interact in a smart, but fun, way. Ever since I was little, I imagined robots as kind and compassionate. I wondered: "Could a robot have feelings?" and "How would that even work?" My current research addresses this question by combining neuroscience, machine learning and developmental psychology to model this phenomenon.
I believe in pushing past surface-level mimicry, and instead aim towards a "deep" A.I.. That way, we can create authentically moving experiences, and understand how curious human mechanisms–such as emotion–work. Science!
I have a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Informatics from Kyoto University, Japan, and B.Sc. in Computing Science (specializing in Artificial Intelligence) from Simon Fraser University in Canada. I am currently a part of the Okuno Speech Media Processing Lab in the Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Kyoto University and am also a writer for the robotics online magazine IEEE Spectrum Automaton.
My previous work includes: a robot that plays music in a human ensemble, a robot that speaks and gestures with expression, a robot that recognizes emotion in movement, and some exploratory robots for land and sea. Feel free to take a look around!
Keywords: robotics, artificial emotion, human-robot interaction, signal processing, multimodal gesture recognition, machine learning, SIRE emotion model, affective computing, entertainment robotics.