simulation - human-robot interaction
- Thought I would pass this along:
From: "Heiman, Thomas J." <theiman@...>
To: "agi@..." <agi@...>
Subject: RE: [agi] The case for uber-intelligent mega-computers...
Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 06:20:20 -0400
You may find this interestng/useful: http://www.sociointelligenesis.org/SIGVerse/index.php?SIGVerse%28English%29 ..There is more about it below..
SIGVerse simulates cooperation between humans and robots in virtual space (from http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/05/04/sigverse-simulates-cooperation-between-humans-and-robots-in-virtual-space/)
by Serkan Toto on May 4, 2010
Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) has developed SIGVerse, a piece of software that makes it possible to simulate how human beings and "intelligent" robots cooperate in a virtual space. The goal is to assess how robots can be "trained" to better work together with humans one day without actually having to build robot prototypes in real life.
SIGVerse is supposedly the first software of its kind. The current version of the simulator system enables a virtual robot and a human being to work on simple tasks, such as baking a savory pancake, together. SIGVerse is supposed to make it easier to study how that robot converses with the human or how it behaves, while a real person can assume the role of the avatar.
For example, a virtual robot that doesn't talk when being asked a question during the simulation can hardly be called cooperative and thus would need to be reprogrammed (in C++). SIGVerse can also be used to determine non-verbal communication skills, for example by examining how a robot turns its look when interacting with a human.
The NII plans to make SIGVerse available for everybody to use for free soon (it's completely open-source).