Giancarlo Valentin

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Working dogs have improved the lives of thousands of people. However, communication between human and canine partners is currently limited. The main goal of the FIDO project is to research fundamental aspects of wearable technologies to support communication between working dogs and their handlers. In this pilot study, the FIDO team investigated on-body(More)
The sense of agency depends on some internal cues that derive from action control, as well as external cues like contextual information and prior information (degree of contingency between an action and is effect). We assessed whether external agency cues are combined with internal agency cues to affect the sense of agency. In two experiments participants(More)
Working dogs have improved the lives of thousands of people throughout history. However, communication between human and canine partners is currently limited. The main goal of the FIDO project is to research fundamental aspects of wearable technologies to support communication between working dogs and their handlers. In this study, the FIDO team(More)
We explored symbolic canine-human communication for working dogs through the use of canine head gestures. We identified a set of seven criteria for selecting head gestures and identified the first four deserving further experimentation. We devised computationally inexpensive mechanisms to prototype the live system from a motion sensor on the dog's collar.(More)
Despite close collaboration existing between humans and working dogs, there are few options for reliable two-way communication between them. The main goal of the FIDO project is to explore and develop wearable technologies to support this communication [5]. In this manuscript, we describe work in progress regarding the use of intentional, motion-based dog(More)
We present a study of a wearable alert system for mobility-assistance dogs. Our focus in this study is on assessing sensor and dog activation reliability for the purpose of understanding both system and dog training challenges. We improve on the results from previous work in each of four performance metrics and we present solutions to some practical issues(More)
We present the results of an 8-week pilot study with 55 dogs investigating whether using quantimetric monitors and a companion smartphone application can reduce returns and increase the perceived strength of bonds between newly adopted dogs from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley and their adopters. Through this pilot study, we developed guidelines for(More)
Working dogs are dogs with one or more specific skills that enable them to perform essential tasks for humans. In this paper we examined motion gestures that working dogs could use to unambiguously communicate with their human companions. We analyzed these gestures in terms of true positives and propensity for false positives by comparing their dynamic time(More)
Working dogs have improved the lives of thousands of people. However, communication between human and canine partners is currently limited. The main goal of the FIDO project is to research fundamental aspects of wearable technologies to support communication between working dogs and their handlers. In this pilot study, the FIDO team investigated on-body(More)