AAAI Publications, 2015 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Robot Nonverbal Communication as an AI Problem (and Solution)
Henny Admoni, Brian Scassellati

Last modified: 2015-09-23


In typical human interactions, nonverbal behaviors such as eye gazes and gestures serve to augment and reinforce spoken communication. To use similar nonverbal behaviors in human-robot interactions, researchers can apply artificial intelligence techniques such as machine learning, cognitive modeling, and computer vision. But knowledge of nonverbal behavior can also benefit artificial intelligence: because nonverbal communication can reveal human mental states, these behaviors provide additional input to artificial intelligence problems such as learning from demonstration, natural language processing, and motion planning. This article describes how nonverbal communication in HRI can benefit from AI techniques as well as how AI problems can use nonverbal communication in their solutions.


nonverbal behavior; eye gaze; learning from demonstration; manipulation; natural language processing

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