My dream is to discover how we can use interactive technologies to unleash intrinsic humane qualities, such as creativity

am a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Psychology applied to Human-Robot Interaction. My research passion lies in investigating how robotic technology can get the best of us, by making us more creative, risk-taking, and courageous. To achieve this, I founded The Robot-Creativity Project in which I am specifically studying how social robots can be used to boost creativity in children. Being equipped with creative skills is essential to adapt and thrive in this ever-changing world.

The keywords of my research are

creativity, human-robot interaction, children, interaction design, prototyping, fabrication, user testing, UX, AI

I was granted a mixed Ph.D. scholarship by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) which enables me to develop multidisciplinary studies between different institutions and labs. My graduating institution is ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon, Portugal) and I work closely with the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Cornell University (NY, USA), and with the Intelligent Agents and Synthetic Characters Group at INESC-ID (Lisbon, Portugal). My advisors are Patrícia Arriaga from ISCTE-IUL with a Psychology background, Guy Hoffman from Cornell University with a Mechanical Engineering background, and Ana Paiva from the Intelligent Agents and Synthetic Characters Group with a Computer Science and Electrical Engineering background.

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