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IRCS / GRASP Seminar – Dieter Fox, University of Washington, “Grounding Natural Language in Robot Control and Perception Systems”

November 2, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Robots
are becoming more and more capable at reasoning about
people, objects,
and activities in their environments. The ability to
extract high-level
semantic information from sensor data provides new opportunities
for human robot interaction. One such opportunity is to explore
interacting with robots via natural language. In this talk
I will
present our recent work toward enabling robots to interpret,
or ground,
natural language commands in robot control systems. We build
on techniques
developed by the semantic natural language processing community
on learning combinatory categorial grammars (CCGs) that
parse natural
language input to logic-based semantic meaning. I will demonstrate
results in two application domains: First, learning to follow
natural language directions through indoor environments;
and, second,
learning to ground object attributes via weakly supervised

work with Luke Zettlemoyer, Cynthia Matuszek, Nicolas
Fitzgerald, Yuyin
Sun, and Liefeng Bo. Support provided by Intel ISTC-PC, NSF, and
ARL, and


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Fox is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science
& Engineering
at the University of Washington, where he heads the UW Robotics
and State Estimation Lab. From 2009 to 2011, he was also Director
of the Intel Research Labs Seattle. He currently serves as
the academic
PI of the Intel Science and Technology Center for
Pervasive Computing
hosted at UW. Dieter obtained his Ph.D. from the
University of
Bonn, Germany. Before going to UW, he spent two years as a postdoctoral
researcher at the CMU Robot Learning Lab.
research is in artificial intelligence, with a focus on
state estimation
applied to robotics and activity recognition. He has published
over 100 technical papers and is co-author of the text
book “Probabilistic
Robotics”. He is a fellow of the AAAI and received several
best paper awards at major robotics and AI conferences. He
is also
an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and was
program co-chair
of the 2008 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. He currently
serves as the program chair of the 2013 Robotics Science
and Systems


November 2, 2012
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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