The PhD project aims at improving the social abilities of the iCub and R1 robots developed at IIT, focusing in particular on the integration between Natural Language Processing (NLP), computer vision and machine learning. Specifically the project has the goal of i) integrating the IVE NLP platform, developed by NTT Data Italy, on the iCub and R1 robots to implement a bi-directional communication interface and ii) study how contextual information derived by other sensory channels (e.g. vision) can be used to enhance the effectiveness of NLP in applications involving human-robot interaction.
The position is funded by NTT-Data, and is part of the PhD program organized by University of Manchester. Research and training activities are jointly conducted within IIT structure and University of Manchester.