I Have a Robot, and I’m Not Afraid to Use It!
Robots (and roboticists) increasingly appear at the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) conferences because the community uses robots both to inspire AAMAS research as well as to conduct it. In this article, I submit that the growing success of robotics at AAMAS is due not only to the nurturing efforts of the AAMAS community, but mainly to the increasing recognition of an important, deeper, truth: it is scientifically useful to roboticists and agent researchers to think of robots as agents.
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