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Teaching robots autonomy in social situations

23 Feb 2022 7:13 PM | Anonymous

The Center for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) is pleased to announce the talk of Dr. Séverin Lemaignan who is a senior scientist at PAL Robotics, Spain on Wednesday, March 2nd  from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (London time) over Zoom.

>> Events: The CRNS talk series will cover a wide range of topics including social and cognitive robotics, computational neuroscience, computational linguistics, cognitive vision, machine learning, AI, and applications to autism. More details are available here:

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>> Title of the talk:  Teaching robots autonomy in social situations


Participatory methodologies are now well established in social robotics to generate blueprints of what robots should do to assist humans. The actual implementation of these blueprints, however, remains a technical challenge for us, roboticists, and the end-users are not usually involved at that stage.

In two recent studies, we have however shown that, under the right conditions, robots can directly learn their behaviours from domain experts, replacing the traditional heuristic-based or plan-based robot controllers by autonomously learnt social policies. We have derived from these studies a novel 'end-to-end' participatory methodology called LEADOR, that I will introduce during the seminar.

I will also discuss recent progress on human perception and modeling in a ROS environment with the emerging ROS4HRI standard.

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