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Achieving Common Ground under Asymmetric Agency and Social Sentience in Communication for Human-Robot Teaming

Geert-Jan Kruijff
In: Proceedings of the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics. IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR-2012), November 5-8, College Station, TX, USA, IEEE Press, 2012.


In a human-robot team, actors need to collaborate at different levels to make things work. They work together on performing tasks, to achieve their mission. But, beyond this task-work, there is the team-work per se. The team needs to coordinate its social dynamics, the assignment of roles and responsibilities, the building up and maintaining of a shared understanding of what the mission is about and what the environment operated in is like. Communication is key, particularly at the level of team-work. This gives rise to particular challenges for human-robot interaction, among others the formation of a common ground. The paper discusses a framework for situated dialogue as part of collaborative activity, and shows how some of the challenges for building and maintaining common ground can be dealt with.