Sandra Devin "Best Technical Advance in HRI" at Christchurch's HRI20156 (N-Z)
Sandra Devin, PhD student of our Robotics and interactions team received the "Best technical advanced in HRI", one of the 4 "best papers" rewards of International HRI Conference (Human Robot Interaction) held in march 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
When a robot has to execute a shared plan with a human, a number of unexpected situations and contingencies can happen due, essentially, to human initiative. For instance, a temporary absence or inattention of the human can entail a partial, and potentially not sufficient, knowledge about the current situation. To ensure a successful and fluent execution of the shared plan the robot might need to detect such situations and be able to provide the information to its human partner about what he missed without being annoying or intrusive. To do so, we have developed a framework which allows a robot to estimate the other agents mental states not only about the environment but also about the state of goals, plans and actions and to take them into account when executing human-robot shared plans.
Sandra Devin and PR2