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Hi! I'm Angelica, and I'm an A.I. roboticist! I work at SoftBank Robotics, building artificial intelligence software for robots to interact in a smart, but fun, way.

Ever since I was little, I imagined robots as kind and compassionate. I wondered: "Could a robot have feelings?" and "How would that even work?" My research addresses this question by combining neuroscience, machine learning and developmental psychology.

I have a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Kyoto University, Japan, specializing in AI applied to Robotics, and a B.Sc. in Computing Science (specializing in Artificial Intelligence) from Simon Fraser University in Canada. I'm also a writer for the robotics online magazine IEEE Spectrum Automaton.

My previous work includes: a robot that plays music in a human ensemble, a robot that speaks and gestures with emotion, a robot that recognizes emotion in dynamics, and some exploratory robots for land and sea. Feel free to take a look around!

Keywords: robotics, artificial emotion, human-robot interaction, signal processing, multimodal gesture recognition, machine learning, SIRE emotion model, affective computing, entertainment robotics.

Contact me at hello[at], or find me on Twitter, my PetiteGeek blog, Google Plus or Google Scholar!