Talking on the Moon

Geert-Jan Kruijff

How effective, efficient and natural human-robot interaction can be depends for an important part on how meaning can be shared and construed between a human and a robot. The paper presents an initial investigation in the architectural functions that appear to underly embodied, situated understanding in joint action and interaction. The identified functions are combined into a concept system architecture. By interpreting these functions as requirements, the paper investigates dimensions for organizing groups of design decisions that affect how these requirements can be met in a concrete architecture. As a result, a space of architectural niches (conglomerations of functional requirements) arises, which each have different effects the possible deployment(s) of the robot. Reflecting on this given some salient aspects of the current state-of-the-art in HRI and cognitive systems, the paper raises open challenges for building robots for collaborative space exploration. (This paper presents work in progress.)

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