Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Abstract Affective Robotics


Alwin de Rooij




What form should happiness take? And how do we shape disgust? This research investigates a fundamentally novel design approach to affective robotics design in which abstraction and the minimal requirements to perceive emotion expressions play a fundamental role. The core idea is that if we abstract away from the human body, and leave only the essential components relevant to convey emotions, this is sufficient to meet the cognitive requirements of human beings for affective interaction. As such, the novelty of our approach lies in the fact that it does not revolve around designing the anatomical body features used in emotion expression, e.g. facial expressions, body postures and arm gestures, but instead focuses on designing expressions based on the essential components of visual emotion recognition. Such a turnaround in design strategies requires a new design theoretical framework. To facilitate further exploration, this research unifies affective robotics, affective science and abstract art from a psychological perspective to develop design guidelines for what we call: abstract affective robotics.


Full Reference

Alwin de Rooij, "Abstract Affective Robotics", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2010