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
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[jacobssonetal2008hri] Henrik Jacobsson, Nick Hawes, Geert-Jan Kruijff and Jeremy Wyatt. Crossmodal Content Binding in Information-Processing Architectures. In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '08), pages 81--88, ACM. March 2008. [pdf] [bib]

Operating in a physical context, an intelligent robot faces two fundamental problems. First, it needs to combine information from its different sensors to form a representation of the environment that is more complete than any representation a single sensor could provide. Second, it needs to combine high-level representations (such as those for planning and dialogue) with sensory information, to ensure that the interpretations of these symbolic representations are grounded in the situated context. Previous approaches to this problem have used techniques such as (low-level) information fusion, ontological reasoning, and (high-level) concept learning. This paper presents a framework in which these, and related approaches, can be used to form a shared representation of the current state of the robot in relation to its environment and other agents. Preliminary results from an implemented system are presented to illustrate how the framework supports behaviours commonly required of an intelligent robot.

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