Where the fat’s at

In real estate, location is everything. The same might be said of lipids — those crucial cellular fats and oils that serve as building blocks for cells and as key energy sources for the body.
In a paper published in the September issue of…

Designing a robot that can sense human emotion

Forget the robot child in the movie ?AI.? Vanderbilt researchers Nilanjan Sarkar and Craig Smith have a less romantic but more practical idea in mind. ?We are not trying to give a robot emotions. We are trying to make robots that are sensitive to our emotions,? says Smith, associate professor of psychology and human development.
Their vision, which is to create a kind of robot Friday, a personal assistant who can accurately sense the moods of its human bosses and respond appropriately, is described in the article, ?Online Stress Detection using Psychophysiological Signals for Implicit Human-Robot Cooperation.? The article, which appears in the Dec. issue of the journal Robotica, also reports the initial steps that they have taken to make their vision a reality.