Professor Agnieszka Wykowska leads the unit “Social Cognition in Human-Robot Interaction” at the Italian Institute of Technology (Genoa, Italy).
Prof. Wykowska’s background is cognitive neuroscience with a PhD in psychology (2008) from the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Germany). In 2016 she was awarded the ERC Starting grant “InStance: Intentional Stance for Social Attunement”, which addresses the question of attribution of intentionality to robots. She is Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Social Robotics. She is a board member and president-elect of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN), member of ELLIS (European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems) and core member of Association of ERC Grantees. She is also a delegate to the European Research Area (ERA) Forum – an EU expert group shaping EU science policies.
The research foci of Prof. Wykowska are truly interdisciplinary, bridging psychology, cognitive neuroscience, robotics and healthcare. Specifically, she combines cognitive neuroscience methods with human-robot interaction to understand the human brain mechanisms in interaction with other humans and with robots. Part of her research is also dedicated to application of social robotics to healthcare: her team develops robot-assisted training protocols to help children diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorder in improving social skills.
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