How can robots achieve human language like interaction?

Speaker: Luc Steels, Director, Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris

Date: December 13th, 2013

Time: 15:00

Place: room 102, Faculty of Science Bldg. 7, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo

Human language is enormously powerful and our preferred way of communication. Will robots ever be able to master this medium? And what is the best way to achieve this?
There are several approaches possible. One is the use of statistical machine learning techniques to acquire recurrent usage patterns. In this talk, I will report our work on another, alternative novel approach that is inspired by the way young infants bootstrap themselves into language. It is based on strategies for learning and expanding language through situated embodied
interactions. The talk is illustrated with videos of experiments in which humanoid robots acquire and even invent language.

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