The bumpy road towards autonomous Human-Robot Interaction

November 15, 2022
November 15, 2022 VALAWAI

Tony Belpaeme, Professor at Ghent University, introduced VALAWAI concepts in the 1st International Symposium on Humans at the Centre of HRI, Grenoble, France.

While interactive systems and specifically Human-Robot Interaction have been studied for over 20 years, we do not yet see autonomous systems that can support open-ended social interaction. Instead, we have been taking shortcuts which for constrained applications seem to work well. However, the dream -of course- is to build true autonomous HRI rivalling human-to-human interaction. This talk looks into what would be needed for that and speculates if recent advances in data-driven AI can bring us there.

Almost anything that happens with robots involves people – Rod Brooks