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Investigating Spatial Language for Robot Fetch Commands
Marjorie Skubic, Tatiana Alexenko, Zhiyu Huo, Laura Carlson, Jared Miller

Last modified: 2012-07-15


This paper outlines a study that investigates spatial language for use in human-robot communication. The scenario studied is a home setting in which the elderly resident has misplaced an object, such as eyeglasses, and the robot will help the resident find the object. We present results from phase I of the study in which we investigate spatial language generated to a human addressee or a robot addressee in a virtual environment and highlight differences between younger and older adults. Drawn from these results, a discussion is included of needed robot capabilities, such as an approach that addresses varying perspectives used and recognition of furniture items for use as spatial references.


spatial language; spatial referencing; eldercare robot

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