Work Packages

The work of INSTANCE is distributed across four Work Packages (WP), each WP addressing a different set of factors influencing the adoption of the intentional stance and social attunement.

  • WP1

    Identifying human-like characteristics of behavior

    WP1 focuses on how several generic (non-social) behavioral characteristics that make a given behavior appear human-like might facilitate adopting the intentional stance towards a robot.

  • WP2

    Inferring communicate intentions from observed behavior

    WP2 investigates the degree of social attunement dependent on the types of intentions that are read out from the observed behavior. Here we are centered on inferring communicative intentions from social gestures.
  • WP3

    The impact of culture on mind attribution and social attunement

    We will use the same robot with identical behavioral characteristics in Asia and Europe to examine the sole impact of culture on the attribution of mind.
  • WP4

    Familiarity and experience with robots and the likelihood of adopting the intentional stance

    This work package aims at answering the question of whether the probability of adopting the intentional stance changes with the familiarity with robots.
Work Packages
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme by the European Research Council (ERC) grant [No. ERC-2016-STG 715058] InStance: Intentional Stance for Social Attunement awarded to Prof. Agnieszka Wykowska. Additionally, some studies closely related to InStance are supported by internal funds from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT).
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