Nicole Lazzeri

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Most of the studies linking chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with oxidative stress are in vitro, using invasive techniques, or measuring systemic oxidative stress. The aim of this study was to quantify oxidative stress in the lungs in patients with COPD and in healthy smokers, as reflected by 8-isoprostane concentrations in breath condensate.(More)
Nowadays advances in robotics and computer science have made possible the development of sociable and attractive robots. A challenging objective of the field of humanoid robotics is to make robots able to interact with people in a believable way. Recent studies have demonstrated that human-like robots with high similarity to human beings do not generate the(More)
processing emotional states, both their own and of others. A humanoid robot, FACE (Facial Automation for Conveying Emotions), capable of expressing and conveying emotions and empathy has been constructed to enable autistic children and adults to better deal with emotional and expressive information. We describe the development of an adaptive therapeutic(More)
People with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) have difficulty in managing interpersonal relationships and common life social situations. A modular platform for Human Robot Interaction and Human Machine Interaction studies has been developed to manage and analyze therapeutic sessions in which subjects are driven by a psychologist through simulated social(More)
Non-verbal signals expressed through body language play a crucial role in multi-modal human communication during social relations. Indeed, in all cultures, facial expressions are the most universal and direct signs to express innate emotional cues. A human face conveys important information in social interactions and helps us to better understand our social(More)
The creation of social empathic communication channels between social robots and humans has started to become reality. Nowadays, the development of empathic and affective agents is giving to scientists another way to explore the social dimension of human beings. In this work, we introduce the FACE humanoid project that aims at creating a social and(More)
In anaesthetized guinea pigs, adenosine enhances the histamine-induced bronchospasm by means of a mechanism partly involving non-adrenergic-non-cholinergic (NANC) nerves, not related to capsaicin-sensitive neurons (Breschi et al., 1994). In the present paper, we excluded any interference by adenosine with the mediators known to be present in the airway(More)