Talking with Robots: Evolving Grounded Language for Embodied Agents (2009)
This project develops new methods for interaction with intelligent robots, extending robot-friendly languages in the service of shared tasks. Our robots can currently evolve shared languages to describe locations in space (toponyms) and use simple syntax to refer to places beyond the robots individual experiences. The new project will extend the methodology to evolve a comprehensive language with 1000 meaningful and useful words for real world objects, places, actions, attributes and relationships, and sufficient syntax to complete shared tasks. The outcomes represent a frontier technology for the growing robotics industry, and breakthrough science for language researchers in our understanding of comprehensive grounded languages.