Dr. Brigitte Krenn is Deputy Director of OFAI. For many years she was head of Unit of OFAI's Language and Interaction Technologies Group.
"We humans are trained to interpret other people's non-verbal signals such as gestures, facial expressions, body postures, gaze behaviour, spatial proximity or distance and orientation as communication behaviour. We humans also tend to view other actors, such as animals but also robots, in a humanised way. In doing so, we interpret human characteristics and emotions in animals and overestimate the possibilities and capabilities of current robots and current artificial intelligence systems in general. This discrepancy will be illustrated with current examples from research and the use of robotics in art."