Welcome to the talking robots group!
We are a team of researchers at the DFKI Language Technology Lab involved in the development of cognitive systems for intelligent "talking robots"
We work on situated interaction -- we are investigating what it takes, to develop intelligent robots that understand dialogue about the environments they find themselves in. We start from the assumption that the robot should not only be able to talk, but that it should also be able to learn how to relate language, action and situated reality. As such, a robot's communicative capabilities need to be part of a much larger cognitive system with which it experiences the environment -- an environment about which it continuously learns.
In our projects, we focus on developing talking robots for socially guided learning (CogX, 2008-2012), urban search and rescue (NIFTi, 2010-2014), and long-term affective interaction with children (ALIZ-E, 2010-2014).
- Watch videos of recent field experiments at the SFO Montelibretti rescue training grouns at the NIFTi website
- ICRA 2010 workshop ICAIR: Interactive Communication for Autonomous Intelligent Robots
For a complete list of ongoing and open student projects, see the Students page. We have just updated our list of open MSc thesis topics!