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Motivation, Emotion, and Learning for Human robot interaction

Dr. Ronald Arkin
Georgia Institute of Technology
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Student Center Lanier Suite

The Georgia Tech Mobile Robot Laboratory has been studying the biological basis of behavior regarding its application to robotics systems for almost 25 years. This talk first presents a trajectory of relevant research drawn from our studies of motivational behavior and emotion using a schema-theoretic approach and its application to human-robot interaction. Included are brief overviews of
robotic models and implementations of:

•Tolman's schematic sowbug.

•Motivational systems for the praying mantis.

•Attachment theory as developed by Bowlby.

•Canine and human ethology as applied to Sony's AIBO and QRIO.

•Complex time-varying affective systems spanning Traits, Attitudes, Moods,
and Behaviors (TAME).

This sequence marks a natural progression of capabilities achieved during this time span leading to our current research.

The major portion of the presentation will address ongoing research using TAME as part of a project funded by Samsung Electronics in involving machine learning, affective behavior, and humanoid robots. The use of case-based reasoning and
learning momentum (a form of reinforcement learning) are presented in the context of entraining a humanoid robot to its user over time, with the ongoing goal of creating affective human-robot interaction consistent with creating a life-
long partner that can adapt to the varying affective states of its human user over time.

As time will limit the details presented for each of these systems, supporting papers for all of this work are available at:

Dr. Arkin's research work is making international news, you can read the details by visiting "The real 2001, scientists teach robots how to trick humans"

Speaker's Bio: 

Ronald C. Arkin received the B.S. Degree from the University of Michigan, the M.S. Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987. He then assumed the position of Assistant Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he now holds the rank of Regents' Professor and is the Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech since October 2008. During 1997-98, Professor Arkin served as STINT visiting Professor at the Centre for Autonomous Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. From June-September 2005, Prof. Arkin held a Sabbatical Chair at the Sony Intelligence Dynamics Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan and then served as a member of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse, France from October 2005-August 2006.