Jorge DIAS

Associate Professor, DEEC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra, PORTUGAL

Research interests:
robotics, robotic autonomous systems, robot vision, artificial perception

Keynote address:
Social Interaction with Robots - On designing of an artificial attention systems for AAL systems

In this talk, we introduce the main components comprising the action-perception loop of an overarching framework implementing artificial attention, designed to fulfill the requirements of social interaction (i.e., reciprocity, and awareness), with strong inspiration on current theories in functional neuroscience. We demonstrate the potential of our framework, by showing how it exhibits coherent behaviour without any inbuilt prior expectations regarding the experimental scenario. Current research in cognitive systems for social robots has suggested that automatic attention mechanisms are essential to social interaction. In fact, we hypothesise that enabling artificial cognitive systems with middleware implementing these mechanisms will empower robots to perform adaptively and with a higher degree of autonomy in complex and social environments. However, this type of assumption is yet to be convincingly and systematically put to the test. The ultimate goal will be to test our working hypothesis and the role of attention in adaptive, social robotics.

Jorge DIAS has a Habilitation and Ph.D. degree on Electrical Engineering by the University of Coimbra, Portugal, specialization in Control and Instrumentation. Since July 2011, is Professor in Khalifa University at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Jorge Dias is on leave of absence from University of Coimbra to setup the Robotics Institute and research activities on robotics at Khalifa University (Abu Dhabi, UAE). Before 2011 Jorge Dias have been professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers ( and researcher from the Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR) ( from the University of Coimbra (UC). Jorge Dias expertise is in the area of Robot Vision and has contributions on the field since 1984. He has several publications in international journals, books, and conferences. Jorge Dias has been teaching several courses on Computer Vision, Robotics, Automation, he has supervised several Ph.D. students in the topic of Computer Vision and Robotics.
Jorge Dias was been principal investigator from several research and industrial projects. Jorge Dias it was scientific coordinator of a research group on Artificial Perception for Intelligent Systems and Robotics and director of the Laboratory of Systems and Automation from the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) ( - a technology transfer institute from the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

DAS 2016
Keynote Speaker

Jorge DIAS



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