AAAI Publications, 2018 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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Representation, Use, and Acquisition of Affordances in Cognitive Systems
Pat Langley, Mohan Sridharan, Ben Meadows

Last modified: 2018-03-15


We review the psychological notion of affordances and examine it anew from a cognitive systems perspective. We distinguish between environmental affordances and their internal representation, choosing to focus on the latter. We consider issues that arise in representing mental affordances, using them to understand and generate plans, and learning them from experience. In each case, we present theoretical claims that, together, form an incipient theory of affordance in cognitive systems. We close by noting related research and proposing directions for future work in this arena.


Cognitive systems; Embodied agents; Affordances

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