Artificial Empathy – An Interdisciplinary Investigation – IJSR special issue

One central issue of Social Robotics research is the question of the affective involvement of users. The problem of creating a robot able to establish and to participate competently in dynamic affective exchanges with human partners has been recognized as fundamental, especially for the success of projects involving Assistive or Educational Robotics. This locates Social Robotics at the crossroad of many interconnected issues related to various disciplines, such as Epistemology, Cognitive Science, Sociology and Ethics.