Robot-Creativity Project


Creativity is at the core of what it means to be human. Holding on to this idea, the Robot-Creativity Project seeks to design, fabricate, and test robots to act as creativity-provoking tools. This project encapsulates the idea of creating robots that enleash and empower existing human capabilities, such as the ability to be creative.

To achieve the goal of boosting human creativity, we have designed, programmed, and fabricated a social robot named YOLO – a short for Your Own Living Object. This robot is meant to be a toy that promotes unstructured interactions with children. By nurturing free play in the context of storytelling, interactions between children and YOLO stimulate imagination and fantasy, which are at the essential ingredients of divergent and convergent thinking cognitive processes.


Project creator: The Robot-Creativity Project was founded by Patrícia Alves-Oliveira during her Ph.D. studies and is a collaboration between ISCTE-IUL (Portugal), INESC-ID (Portugal), and Cornell University (NY, USA).

Supervisors: Patrícia Arriaga, Ana Paiva, Guy Hoffman.

Collaborators: Ankita Chandak, Albert Chu, Ian Cloutier, Rebecca Cooper, Samuel Gomes, Priyanka Kompella, Beatriz Maia, Diogo Martins, Peter Moegenburg, André Pires.

Funding: The Robot-Creativity Project was funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) through the project SFRH/BD/110223/2015.