Embodied Language and Action: Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium
Ian Horswill & Marilyn Walker, Cochairs
This symposium focuses on agents that can use language or similar communication, such as gesture, to facilitate extended interactions in a shared physical or simulated world. We examine how this embodiment in a shared world both stimulates communication and provides a resource for understanding it. Our focus is on the design of artificial agents, implemented in software, hardware, or as animated characters. We will use the tasks:
- Two or more communicating agents work together to construct, carry out maintenance on, or destroy a physical or simulated artifact (Collaborative Engagement)
- An agent assists a human by fetching or delivering physical or software objects. The human communicates with the agent about what is to be fetched or delivered to where. (Delivery Assistance) as starting points to explore questions such as: (1) Can task contexts act as resources for communication by simplifying the interpretation and production of communicative acts? (2) How does physical embodiment and its concomitant resource limitation affect an agent's ability to interpret or generate language? (3) Can architectures designed to support perception and action support language or other forms of communication?