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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[skocajetal2011george] Danijel Skocaj, Matej Kristan, Alen Vrecko, Marko Mahnic, Miroslav Janicek, Geert-Jan M. Kruijff, Marc Hanheide, Nick Hawes, Thomas Keller, Michael Zillich and Zai Zhou. A system for interactive learning in dialogue with a tutor. In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2011 (IROS '11). To appear. September 2011. [pdf] [bib]
Abstract. In this paper we present representations and mechanisms that facilitate continuous learning of visual concepts in dialogue with a tutor and show the implemented robot system. We present how beliefs about the world are created by processing visual and linguistic information and show how they are used for planning system behaviour with the aim at satisfying its internal drive -- to extend its knowledge. The system facilitates different kinds of learning initiated by the human tutor or by the system itself. We demonstrate these principles in the case of learning about object colours and basic shapes.
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