Talking on the moon

Geert-Jan Kruijff

In: Proceedings of the AAAI 2006 Spring Symposium. AAAI Spring Symposium (AAAI SSS), Stanford, California, 2006.


How effective, efficient and natural human-robot interaction can be depends for an important part on how meaning can be shared and construed between human and robot. The paper argues for four dimensions that influence meaning (embodiment, environment, interaction, and action), and that the possibilities for interaction and (joint) action result from the assumptions made about how these dimensions carry into effect in the deployment of the robot. Following (Sloman:1994) the paper examines the dimensions and their interrelations from the viewpoint of how variations in assumptions lead to different niches (conglomerations of functional requirements). Reflecting on this given some salient aspects of the current state-of-the-art in HRI and cognitive systems, the paper raises open challenges for building robots for collaborative space exploration. (pdf, 56 KB )

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence