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DIARC - Steps Towards an Integrated Architecture for Human-Robot Interactions in Natural Language

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Perception, action, and language processing in humans are all tightly intertwined, involving complex patterns of actions, utterances and responses, where meaningful linguistic fragments result from their context together with prosodic, temporal, task and goal information. As a result, robots that have to interact with humans in natural language have to respect the human modes of processing language and need to be able to detect meaningful linguistic fragments which are often not aligned with sentence boundaries, to extract the intended meaning.

In this talk, we present the latest version of our incremental NLP system integrated into our robotic DIARC architecture, which is heavily based on findings in psycholinguistics about the nature of lexical, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic processing and its relation to action execution. We demonstrate with examples from human-robot interactions how our proposed architecture can quickly and robustly deal with natural dialogues that contain incomplete, ungrammatical, and ambiguous utterances, interleave actions with language processing, and provide the kind of feedback that humans expect.

This talk is part of the Artificial Intelligence and Natural Computation seminars series.

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