Neo-modular Systems: Architectural Principles for Cognitive Robotics

L. Stein

Modular-functional decomposition is a fundamental tenet of Computer Science. Cognitive Robotics, with strong roots in Cognitive Science and Biology, replaces modular-functional decomposition with a more opportunistic approach. Nonetheless, we can extract heuristics with both analytic and synthetic power: architectural principles for neo-modular systems. This paper describes three neo-modular principles: Imagination, Shared Grounding, and Incremental Adaptation. It includes examples of each drawn from existing systems, and concludes with an illustration of these three principles used in concert to build a system which progresses first to hand-eye coordination, then to planned complex reaching, and finally to shared attention.

This page is copyrighted by AAAI. All rights reserved. Your use of this site constitutes acceptance of all of AAAI's terms and conditions and privacy policy.