Towards tutoring an interactive robot

Wrede B, Rohlfing K, Spexard TP, Fritsch J (2007)
In: Humanoid Robots, Human-like Machines. Hackel M (Ed);ARS: 601-612.

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Hackel, Matthias
Many classical approaches developed so far for learning in a human-robot interaction setting have focussed on rather low level motor learning by imitation. Some doubts, however, have been casted on whether with this approach higher level functioning will be achieved. Higher level processes include, for example, the cognitive capability to assign meaning to actions in order to learn from the tutor. Such capabilities involve that an agent not only needs to be able to mimic the motoric movement of the action performed by the tutor. Rather, it understands the constraints, the means and the goal(s) of an action in the course of its learning process. Further support for this hypothesis comes from parent-infant instructions where it has been observed that parents are very sensitive and adaptive tutors who modify their behavior to the cognitive needs of their infant. Based on these insights, we have started our research agenda on analyzing and modeling learning in a communicative situation by analyzing parent-infant instruction scenarios with automatic methods. Results confirm the well known observation that parents modify their behavior when interacting with their infant. We assume that these modifications do not only serve to keep the infant’s attention but do indeed help the infant to understand the actual goal of an action including relevant information such as constraints and means by enabling it to structure the action into smaller, meaningful chunks. We were able to determine first objective measurements from video as well as audio streams that can serve as cues for this information in order to facilitate learning of actions.
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Wrede B, Rohlfing K, Spexard TP, Fritsch J. Towards tutoring an interactive robot. In: Hackel M, ed. Humanoid Robots, Human-like Machines. ARS; 2007: 601-612.
Wrede, B., Rohlfing, K., Spexard, T. P., & Fritsch, J. (2007). Towards tutoring an interactive robot. In M. Hackel (Ed.), Humanoid Robots, Human-like Machines (pp. 601-612). ARS. doi:10.5772/4825
Wrede, B., Rohlfing, K., Spexard, T. P., and Fritsch, J. (2007). “Towards tutoring an interactive robot” in Humanoid Robots, Human-like Machines, Hackel, M. ed. (ARS), 601-612.
Wrede, B., et al., 2007. Towards tutoring an interactive robot. In M. Hackel, ed. Humanoid Robots, Human-like Machines. ARS, pp. 601-612.
B. Wrede, et al., “Towards tutoring an interactive robot”, Humanoid Robots, Human-like Machines, M. Hackel, ed., ARS, 2007, pp.601-612.
Wrede, B., Rohlfing, K., Spexard, T.P., Fritsch, J.: Towards tutoring an interactive robot. In: Hackel, M. (ed.) Humanoid Robots, Human-like Machines. p. 601-612. ARS (2007).
Wrede, Britta, Rohlfing, Katharina, Spexard, Thorsten P., and Fritsch, Jannik. “Towards tutoring an interactive robot”. Humanoid Robots, Human-like Machines. Ed. Matthias Hackel. ARS, 2007. 601-612.
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