Mohammad Shayganfar

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We have developed a systematic methodology for designing emotional facial expressions for humanoid robots, especially those with limited degrees of freedom. The methodology is firmly grounded in the psychological literature on human static and dynamic emotional facial expressions. We demonstrate the methodology by applying it to a recent humanoid robot and(More)
We summarize the status of an ongoing project to develop and evaluate a companion for isolated older adults. Four key scientific issues in the project are: embodiment , interaction paradigm, engagement and relationship. The system architecture is extensible and handles real-time behaviors. The system supports multiple activities, including discussing the(More)
This paper discusses a methodology for handwritten character recognition applying feature subset selection to reduce number of features. Its novelty lies in the use of a genetic algorithm for the preparation of input data for a support vector machine which is employed to recognize the handwritten Persian digits in particular. Comprehensive experiments on(More)
We summarize the status of an ongoing project to develop and evaluate a companion for isolated older adults. Four key scientific issues in the project are: embodiment, interaction paradigm, engagement and relationship. The system architecture is extensible and handles real-time behaviors. The system supports multiple activities, including discussing the(More)
We summarize the status of an ongoing project to develop and evaluate a companion, embodied as a robot or virtual agent, for isolated older adults. Three key issues in the project are: the embodiment of the agent, methods to reduce social isolation, and the nature of the social relationship between the user and the agent. Our agent/robot supports multiple(More)
We demonstrate interaction with a relational agent, embodied as a robot, to provide social support for isolated older adults. Our robot supports multiple activities, including discussing the weather, playing cards and checkers socially, maintaining a calendar, talking about family and friends, discussing nutrition, recording life stories, exercise coaching(More)
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