Using Natural Language Feedback in a Neuro-inspired Integrated Multimodal Robotic Architecture

Johannes Twiefel 1 Xavier Hinaut 2, 1 Marcelo Borghetti 1 Erik Strahl 1 Stefan Wermter 1
1 KT - Knowledge Technology group [Hamburg]
Department of Informatics [Hamburg]
2 Mnemosyne - Mnemonic Synergy
LaBRI - Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique, Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, IMN - Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives [Bordeaux]
Abstract : In this paper we present a multi-modal human robot interaction architecture which is able to combine information coming from different sensory inputs, and can generate feedback for the user which helps to teach him/her implicitly how to interact with the robot. The system combines vision, speech and language with inference and feedback. The system environment consists of a Nao robot which has to learn objects situated on a table only by understanding absolute and relative object locations uttered by the user and afterwards points on a desired object to show what it has learned. The results of a user study and performance test show the usefulness of the feedback produced by the system and also justify the usage of the system in a real-world applications, as its classification accuracy of multi-modal input is around 80.8%. In the experiments, the system was able to detect inconsistent input coming from different sensory modules in all cases and could generate useful feedback for the user from this information.
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Johannes Twiefel, Xavier Hinaut, Marcelo Borghetti, Erik Strahl, Stefan Wermter. Using Natural Language Feedback in a Neuro-inspired Integrated Multimodal Robotic Architecture. 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), Aug 2016, New York City, United States. pp.52 - 57, ⟨10.1109/ROMAN.2016.7745090⟩. ⟨hal-01417706⟩

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