Learning Action-Perception Cycles in Robotics: A Question of Representations and Embodiment

2016

Book Chapter

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Since the 1950s, robotics research has sought to build a general-purpose agent capable of autonomous, open-ended interaction with realistic, unconstrained environments. Cognition is perceived to be at the core of this process, yet understanding has been challenged because cognition is referred to differently within and across research areas, and is not clearly defined. The classic robotics approach is decomposition into functional modules which perform planning, reasoning, and problem-solving or provide input to these mechanisms. Although advancements have been made and numerous success stories reported in specific niches, this systems-engineering approach has not succeeded in building such a cognitive agent. The emergence of an action-oriented paradigm offers a new approach: action and perception are no longer separable into functional modules but must be considered in a complete loop. This chapter reviews work on different mechanisms for action- perception learning and discusses the role of embodiment in the design of the underlying representations and learning. It discusses the evaluation of agents and suggests the development of a new embodied Turing Test. Appropriate scenarios need to be devised in addition to current competitions, so that abilities can be tested over long time periods.

Author(s): Jeannette Bohg and Danica Kragic
Book Title: The Pragmatic Turn - Toward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science
Volume: 18
Pages: 309--320
Year: 2016
Month: May

Series: Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 18, J. Lupp, series editor
Editors: Andreas K. Engel and Karl J. Friston and Danica Kragic
Publisher: The MIT Press

Department(s): Autonomous Motion
Bibtex Type: Book Chapter (incollection)
Paper Type: Book Chapter

Chapter: 18

Event Name: 18th Ernst Strüngmann Forum
Event Place: Frankfurt am Main
Institution: The Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies
ISBN: 9780262034326
State: In press
URL: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/pragmatic-turn

Links: 18th Ernst Strüngmann Forum
The Pragmatic Turn- Toward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science
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BibTex

@incollection{2015_ESF_bk,
  title = {Learning Action-Perception Cycles in Robotics: A Question of Representations and Embodiment},
  author = {Bohg, Jeannette and Kragic, Danica},
  booktitle = {The Pragmatic Turn - Toward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science},
  volume = {18},
  pages = {309--320},
  chapter = {18},
  series = {Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 18, J. Lupp, series editor},
  editors = {Andreas K. Engel and Karl J. Friston and Danica Kragic},
  publisher = {The MIT Press},
  institution = {The Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies},
  month = may,
  year = {2016},
  url = {https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/pragmatic-turn},
  month_numeric = {5}
}