Multi-Modal Human-Machine Communication for Instructing Robot Grasping Tasks

TitleMulti-Modal Human-Machine Communication for Instructing Robot Grasping Tasks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsMcGuire PC, Fritsch J, Ritter H, Steil JJ, Röthling F, Fink GA, Wachsmuth S, Sagerer G
Conference NameProc. Int. Conf. Intelligent Robotis and Systems

A major challenge for the realization of intelligent robots is to supply them with cognitive abilities in order to allow ordinary users to program them easily and intuitively. One way of such programming is teaching work tasks by interactive demonstration. To make this effective and convenient for the user, the machine must be capable to establish a common focus of attention and be able to use and integrate spoken instructions, visual perceptions, and non-verbal clues like gestural commands. We report progress in building a hybrid architecture that combines statistical methods, neural networks, and finite state machines into an integrated system for instructing grasping tasks by man-machine interaction. The system combines the GRAVIS-robot for visual attention and gestural instruction with an intelligent interface for speech recognition and linguistic interpretation, and an modality fusion module to allow multi-modal task-oriented man-machine communication with respect to dextrous robot manipulation of objects.