Robot Learning Communicative Behavior

Ph.D thesis: Humans have the ability to communicate intentions both verbally and through actions. In order for robots to successfully collaborate with human and augment human’s ability, the robots also needs possess similar abilities. My thesis argues that communication has its roots in behavior. Gesture shares essential properties with sensory and motor problem solving while also overlapping significantly with language. I am inspired by the co-development of motor behavior and language reported in the psychology literature, and present an unified learning framework for acquiring both simultaneously.

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