Embodied Cooperative Systems:

From Tool to Partnership

Ipke Wachsmuth

Bielefeld University

2009. 11. 6

302-308, 11:00 AM


Understanding others' intentions and representing them as being able to understand intentions are decisive factors in human cooperation. The incorporation of such aspects of intentionality will also help to endow technical systems with collaborative functionality. "Embodied Cooperative Systems" is the area in which we integrate insights obtained from our research in order to implement and evaluate cognitive interaction technology. Such systems are often embodied as robotic agents or as humanoid agents projected in virtual reality. In these contexts, the view that humans are users of a certain "tool" has shifted to that of a "partnership" with artificial agents, when agents can be considered able to take initiative as autonomous entities. A central research question is how the processes involved interact and how their interplay can be modeled. For example, gaze as well as pointing gestures are important means of coordinating attention between interlocutors (joint attention). We will outline these ideas taking the virtual humanoid agent "Max" as an example.



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