Physical constraints on human robot interaction

Michita Imai, Kazuo Hiraki, Tsutomu Miyasato

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This paper conducts an experiment to investigate the effect of a physical constraint on a subject's viewpoint when using spoken language to navigate a robot. In addition, a robot navigation environment named Spondia-II has been developed for the experiment with an actual autonomous mobile robot. It is well known that the meaning of an utterance, such as a demonstrative pronoun, depends on the viewpoint of the speaker or the hearer. In a conversation between people, the primary factor in determining viewpoint is the physical constraints that are mediated by their body movements. This paper notes that these physical constraints also have an effect on viewpoint even when people instruct a robot. Furthermore, it is argued that, the utterance process also would greatly improve if the robot were able to comprehend the constraints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1124-1130
Number of pages7
JournalIJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Event16th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 1999 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 1999 Jul 311999 Aug 6

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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