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To learn a new everyday task under the "Learning from Observation" framework, the system needs to detect which parts of the demonstration are essential to complete the task without task-dependent knowledge. In the previous research, we proposed a technique to estimate essential interactions in a task by integrating multiple demonstrations which represent virtually the same task. Although, the technique could automatically segment the essential interactions and determine the number of the interactions, the segmentation algorithm depends on some heuristics and only stationary interactions could be obtained. In this paper, a novel technique is proposed, which overcomes this limitation and can estimate almost any types of interactions. In this approach, a demonstrator needs to give a explicit signal once during each essential interaction as a hint on the occurrence of the essential interaction. From visual information and these signals, the system automatically analyzes the essential parts of the task and their periods, and also detects which environmental objects are interacted with the manipulated object. These information is hard to be obtained from a single demonstration, because of the ambiguity in interpreting the interaction especially in cluttered environment. The proposed method is evaluated in a simulation and also in a real world by using a humanoid robot.
Robotics and Automation, 2003. Proceedings. ICRA '03. IEEE International Conference on (Volume:3 )
Date of Conference: 14-19 Sept. 2003