Beyond here-and-now: extending shared physical experiences to shared conceptual experiences

Schulz, Ruth, Wyeth, Gordon and Wiles, Janet (2012) Beyond here-and-now: extending shared physical experiences to shared conceptual experiences. Adaptive Behavior, 20 5: 360-387. doi:10.1177/1059712312449546

Author Schulz, Ruth
Wyeth, Gordon
Wiles, Janet
Title Beyond here-and-now: extending shared physical experiences to shared conceptual experiences
Journal name Adaptive Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1059-7123
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1059712312449546
Volume 20
Issue 5
Start page 360
End page 387
Total pages 28
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
For robots to use language effectively, they need to refer to combinations of existing concepts, as well as concepts that have been directly experienced. In this paper, we introduce the term generative grounding to refer to the establishment of shared meaning for concepts referred to using relational terms. We investigated a spatial domain, which is both experienced and constructed using mobile robots with cognitive maps. The robots, called Lingodroids, established lexicons for locations, distances, and directions through structured conversations called where-are-we, how-far, what-direction, and where-is-there conversations. Distributed concept construction methods were used to create flexible concepts, based on a data structure called a distributed lexicon table. The lexicon was extended from words for locations, termed toponyms, to words for the relational terms of distances and directions. New toponyms were then learned using these relational operators. Effective grounding was tested by using the new toponyms as targets for go-to games, in which the robots independently navigated to named locations. The studies demonstrate how meanings can be extended from grounding in shared physical experiences to grounding in constructed cognitive experiences, giving the robots a language that refers to their direct experiences, and to constructed worlds that are beyond the here-and-now.
Keyword Lingodroids
Spatial language
Language game
Cognitive map
Generative grounding
Grounding Transfer
Cognitive Maps
Spatial Cognition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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