Dr Nick Hawes

Reader in Autonomous Intelligent Robotics

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Email: n.a.hawes@cs.bham.ac.uk
Twitter: @hawesie
Phone: +44 (0) 121 41 43739
Office: 133 (first floor, back right)
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[brenneretal07ijcai] Michael Brenner, Nick Hawes, John Kelleher and Jeremy Wyatt. Mediating Between Qualitative and Quantitative Representations for Task-Orientated Human-Robot Interaction. In Manuela M. Veloso (editor) IJCAI 2007, Proceedings of the 20th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, pages 2072-2077. January 2007. [pdf] [bib]
Abstract. In human-robot interaction (HRI) it is essential that the robot interprets and reacts to a human’s utterances in a manner that reflects their intended meaning. In this paper we present a collection of novel techniques that allow a robot to interpret and execute spoken commands describing manipulation goals involving qualitative spatial constraints (e.g. “put the red ball near the blue cube”). The resulting implemented system integrates computer vision, potential field models of spatial relationships, and action planning to mediate between the continuous real world, and discrete, qualitative representations used for symbolic reasoning.
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