Not only does he have the appearance of a 12-year-old boy but he is also able to interact and perceive his surroundings in a similar way to human beings. Is called Abel and is the new humanoid robot created by a team of researchers from the Research Center 'E. Piaggio ' of the University of Pisa, led by Professor Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, in collaboration with the Biomimics of London - the workshops where some of the most famous 'aliens' of cinema were born, such as those from Star Wars and the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park - and the art of some of the masters of special effects such as Gustav Hoegen.

From left: Roberto Garofalo (collaborator of the E. Piaggio Center); prof. Pasquale Scilingo (Full Professor at the Department of Information Engineering Centro E.Piaggio); Lorenzo Cominelli (Research fellow); Danilo De Rossi (Professor emeritus of Bioengineering); Arti Ahluwalia (Director of the E. Piaggio Center); Andrea Gargano (PhD student E.Piaggio Center). Source: ยฉ Marco Merola

Abel, useful for studying in depth the relationship between humans and machines, is the final result from the merger of two research sectors: social robotics e affective computing, specific branch ofartificial intelligence which aims to create computers capable of recognizing and expressing emotions.

Video ยฉ Marco Merola

How was it born and what are the potentials? 

How does it fit interacting with autistic people and with patients with dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

Let's find out in the video interview with Prof. Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Full Professor at the Department of Information Engineering of "E.Piaggio" Research Center ofUniversity of Pisa, at the head of the team of Italian researchers.

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