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This paper elaborates on mechanisms for establishing visual joint attention for the design of robotic agents that learn through natural interfaces, following a developmental trajectory not unlike infants. The authors describe first the evolution of cognitive skills in infants and then the adaptation of cognitive development patterns in robotic design. A comprehensive outlook for cognitively inspired robotic design schemes pertaining to joint attention is presented for the last decade, with particular emphasis on practical implementation issues. A novel cognitively inspired joint attention fixation mechanism is defined for robotic agents.
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