First International Symposium on
30th - 31st January 2004, Villa Nobel, Sanremo, Italy

Towards Cognitive Robot Companions

Raja Chatila
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group of LAAS-CNRS
7, avenue du Colonel Roche
31077 Toulouse Cedex 4 - France
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Tel: +33 (0)5 61 33 63 44 - Fax: +33 (0)5 61 33 64 55

Robotics research is now heading towards the development of a new generation of robots that would be acting along with humans in their daily life.

Such robot companions will exhibit truly cognitive capacities which are necessary to interact efficiently with humans in changing situations and tasks. Such a cognitive robot will have to understand its spatial surroundings, to make decisions according to its own evaluation of its situation, to interact closely with humans through multimodal dialogue, and to share their space. A companion must also adapt to its human partner and learn new skills to be able to respond to the humans' needs.

These robots will share the same space as humans, in their own homes. They will also be able to communicate with each other over the internet and share their knowledge and learned skills.

The talk will discuss the scientifc and technological challenges of this endeavour, and the ethical issues involved in robotics as long as robots are able to perceive, act and reason in close interaction with humans and communicate almost instantly with each other worldwide.

Draft 18th Jan '04