Natalia Calvo



Natalia Calvo is a Ph.D. student at Uppsala University in Sweden. She obtained her master’s degree in Robotics Engineering from the University of Genoa in Italy, and her bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the Nueva Granada Military University in Colombia. She is part of the EU ITN ANIMATAS project. Her research focuses on modelling trust in child-robot educational interactions. Natalia is interested in implementing machine learning models for the understanding of children’s perception of trust in robots.

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The talk will discuss several literature approaches to assess children’s trust towards robots. Calvo argues that the perceived first impression of a social robot’s likability and competence are predictors of children’s judgments of trust in social robots.

Papers covered during the talk

  • Calvo, N., Perugia, G., Castellano, G. (2020). The Effects of Robot’s Facial Expressions on Children’s First Impressions of Trustworthiness. In: The 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication, pp 165-171