My name is Ganesh Gowrishankar. I am a CR1 (senior researcher) at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS) and based at the Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM) in Montpellier.  I am a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, University of Tokyo and the Advanced Telecommunication Research (ATR) in Kyoto. My research interests include human sensori-motor control and learning, robot control, social neuroscience and robot-human interactions. 

How should rehabilitation, biomedical and social robots behave such that an interacting human is comfortable with them, feels safe with them and is willing to coexist and learn from them? The answer to this questions is not trivial because human interactions, both with their environment and other humans, have complex dynamics that change not only with an interacting individual’s physiology, age and pathology, but also emotional factors like fear and anxiety, and cognitive factors like the Theory of Mind. The reason we can intuitively interact with a fellow human is because we understand his/her behaviour in all these aspects and respond accordingly, and correspondingly he/she does the same. Using integrated research in Neuroscience and Robotics I aim to endow machines and robots with similar capabilities to understand humans through the development of Human Centric more 

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