The Robotics Institute

RI | Seminar | February 27

Robotics Institute Seminar, February 27
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Moving towards collaboration:  Using computational cognitive models to enable better human-robot interaction

Alan Schultz

US Naval Research Laboratory



Time and Place

Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm



As we move along the scale from teleoperation towards collaboration, human-robot interactions become more complex and require that the human and the robot share more common knowledge about the world and how things within the environment are related. 


At the collaborative level of interaction, the robot and human must exercise mixed initiative in solving a problem, each taking advantage of their unique skills, location, and perspective of the current situation. We believe that at this level and beyond, the robot will need representations and procedures that are similar to those used by humans, in order to collaborate successfully.


Our working hypothesis is that a system that uses representations and processes similar to a person’s will be able to collaborate with a person better than a computational system that does not. I suggest three reasons for the representational hypothesis and then describe empirical and computational evidence in several domains.



Speaker Biography

Alan C. Schultz is the Head of the Intelligent Systems Section, Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.  His research is in the area of evolutionary computation, evolutionary robotics, learning in robotic systems, robot/human interfaces, and adaptive systems.  He is the recipient of an Alan Berman Research Publication Award, and has published over 40 articles on machine learning and robotics. Alan is currently the co-chair of the AAAI Symposium Series, and chaired the 1999 and 2000 AAAI Mobil Robot Competition and Exhibitions.




Speaker Appointments

For appointments, please contact Reid Simmons

The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.