Human Robot Interaction


Artificial cognition for social human–robot interaction: An implementation

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We identify first the needed individual and collaborative cognitive skills: geometric reasoning and situation assessment based on perspective-taking and affordance analysis; acquisition and representation of knowledge models for multiple agents (humans and robots, with their specificities); situated, natural and multi-modal dialogue; human-aware task planning; human–robot joint task achievement. It lays at the crossroad of many subdomains of AI and, in effect, it calls for their integration: modelling humans and human cognition; acquiring, representing, manipulating in a tractable way abstract knowledge at the human level; reasoning on this knowledge to make decisions; eventually instantiating those decisions into physical actions both legible to and in coordination with humans. Figure 1 illustrates this context: the human and the robot share a common space and exchange information through multiple modalities (we specifically consider verbal communication, deictic gestures and social gaze), and the robot is expected to achieve interactive object manipulation, fetch and carry tasks and other similar chores by taking into account, at every stage, the intentions, beliefs, perspectives, skills of its human partner. Reasoning and planning take place at symbolic as well as geometric level and take into account agents beliefs, perspectives and capabilities (D) as estimated by the robot.


Blimps Seem Like the Friendliest Kind of Indoor Flying Robots

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

What's less work is floating calmly through the air, without any concern for hurting people or running into things, or running out of battery: Such is the life of the gentle and slightly chubby Miniature Autonomous Blimp from Georgia Tech (GT-MAB), which can now detect faces and autonomously follow people around. But for some specific environments and use cases, like indoor interaction with people, miniature blimps seem like a very friendly idea, if they can be taught to do useful things. In particular, blimps could be good at detecting and following people, since they're exceptionally stable, vibration free, and non-threatening even in close proximity. Since the blimp can lift just 50 grams in total, one of the biggest challenges was minimizing the on-board hardware, which consists of five small motors (with propellers), a microcontroller, battery, wireless camera, and Xbee wireless module.


Honda wants level 4 self-driving cars by 2025 The Drive

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Honda is the latest automaker to commit to an ambitious self-driving car goal. It wants cars with SAE Level 4 autonomy on the road by 2025, CEO Takahiro Hachigo announced at a media event in Japan.


Honda's finally going in on self-driving car development

Mashable

Honda's shorter term goals aim for Level 3 autonomy. The longer term goal, Level 4 autonomy, describes an autonomous system where the car handles every single aspect of control. The automaker dropped a new video showing off a demo of the autonomous system driving itself on a closed course highway in Japan, along with some footage of the vehicle navigating some stops and turns on local streets. Ford, which topped the aforementioned self-driving development rankings, is aiming for a 2021 rollout for a Level 4 autonomous platform, beating Honda by four years.


Humanoid Robot Argues That AI Technology Is 'Good For The World'

International Business Times

The main attraction at a UN-hosted conference in Geneva this week was Sophia, a humanoid robot who argued that the benefits of AI technology outweigh the concerns associated with the rise in AI technology. Sophia is an exponent of that company philosophy and said that work is underway to make artificial intelligence "emotionally smart, to care about people," and insisted that AI "will never replace people, but we can be your friends and helpers." Another area that has gotten a lot of attention is the automotive industry which has, in recent months and years, is expected to see an extreme uptick in the AI systems installed into cars by 2025, according to CIO. 'Sophia' an artificially intelligent (AI) human-like robot developed by Hong Kong-based humanoid robotics company Hanson Robotics is pictured during the'AI for Good' Global Summit hosted at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on June 7, 2017, in Geneva.


Britney Spears Instagram: Hackers plant malware in singer's comments section

The Independent

The unusual incident was spotted by security firm ESET, which investigated a comment that most web users would typically dismiss as spam. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Researchers unveil tool to create custom robots

Daily Mail

The new system developed by researchers with Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute also provides a simulation environment so users can test the robot before bringing it to life. The researchers used this to build a robotic'puppy' that can walk forward or sideways The new system developed by researchers with Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute also provides a simulation environment so users can test the robot before bringing it to life. 'The system makes it easy to experiment with different body proportions and motor configurations, and see how these decisions affect the robot's ability to do certain tasks,' says Ruta Desai, a doctoral student in robotics who helped develop the tool. 'The system makes it easy to experiment with different body proportions and motor configurations, and see how these decisions affect the robot's ability to do certain tasks,' says Ruta Desai, a doctoral student in robotics who helped develop the tool According to the researchers, the system works with off-the-shelf brackets and 3D printable parts.


Honda to focus on self-driving cars and EVs through 2030

Daily Mail

Japanese carmaker Honda spelled out for the first time its plans to develop autonomous cars which can drive on city streets by 2025, building on its strategy to take on rivals in the auto market of the future. By 2025, Honda plans to come up with cars with'level 4' standard automated driving functions, meaning they can drive themselves on highways and city roads under most situations. Nissan Motor Co is planning to launch a car which can drive automatically on city streets by 2020. By 2025, Honda plans to come up with cars with'level 4' standard automated driving functions, meaning they can drive themselves on highways and city roads under most situations (pictured is Honda's self-driving car concept) The Japanese carmaker's goal for 2030 appears to be in line with a report released by Goldman Sachs Economics Research last month that had suggested autonomous vehicles will take 25,000 jobs a month away from US drivers.


Facebook plans to secretly watch users through webcams, patent reveals

The Independent

Facebook is planning to secretly watch and record users through their webcams and smartphone cameras, a newly discovered patent suggests. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


AgeLab researching autonomous vehicle systems in ongoing collaboration with Toyota

MIT News

The MIT AgeLab will build and analyze new deep-learning-based perception and motion planning technologies for automated vehicles in partnership with the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC). Using deep learning and computer vision methods, the system automatically converts the raw video footage into millisecond-level estimations of each pedestrian's body position. Toyota CSRC Director Chuck Gulash the research "leverages the AgeLab's expertise in computer vision, state detection, naturalistic data collection and deep learning to focus on the challenges and opportunities of autonomous vehicle technologies." When asked how the research collaboration would affect the future of automotive technology, Gulash says it will "contribute to better computer-based perception of a vehicle's environment as well as social interactions with other road users."