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An Integrated System for Cooperative Man-Machine Interaction

C. Bauckhage, G. A. Fink, J. Fritsch, F. F. and L{\"o}mker Kummert, G. Sagerer and S. Wachsmuth
IEEE International Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation, pages 328-333, Banff, Canada, 2001.

To establish robotic applications in human environments as e.g. offices or private homes the robotic systems must be instructable by ordinary users in a natural way. In interpersonal communication humans usually apply different sensory information and are capable of integrating all perceptual cues fast and consistently. Additionally, knowledge acquired during the communication process is directly used to resolve ambiguities. As a step towards realizing similar capabilities in automatic devices this paper presents an integrated system combining automatic speech processing and image understanding. The system is intended to be an intelligent interface of a robot which manipulates objects in its surroundings according to the instructions of a human. The enhanced capabilities necessary for carrying out a multimodal man-machine dialog are realized by combining statistical and declarative methods for inference and knowledge representation. The effectiveness of this approach is demonstrated using an examplary dialog from our construction task domain.

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