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You are kindly invited to:
Ollendorff Special Seminars- Part 2
Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 10:30 - 11:20
Room 1061, 10th Floor, Meyer Building EE Department

10:30 - 11:20

How speech packages action in infant- and robot-directed action demonstration
Dr.-Ing. Britta Wrede, Universitat Bielefeld



In order for robots to learn in a similar way as human infants do, they need to make use of cues arising from the social tutoring situation – just like infants do. One important social feature that has been identified in infant-directed actions is synchrony between action and speech, more specifically the phenomenon that parents tend to package actions in speech when demonstrating them to their infants (“Acoustic Packaging”).

In my talk I will show how this phenomenon is also present in human-robot teaching and how this opens the possibility for robots to make use of such synchrony to reduce the poverty-of-stimulus problem to a 72% match.


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