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Language Acquisition and Symbol Grounding Transfer with Neural Networks and Cognitive Robots

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3 Author(s)
A. Cangelosi ; Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition research group, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK. phone: 44-1752-232559; fax: 44-1752-232540; e-mail: acangelosi@plymouth.ac.uk ; E. Hourdakis ; V. Tikhanoff

Neural networks have been proposed as an ideal cognitive modeling methodology to deal with the symbol grounding problem. More recently, such neural network approaches have been incorporated in studies based on cognitive agents and robots. In this paper we present a new model of symbol grounding transfer in cognitive robots. Language learning simulations demonstrate that robots are able to acquire new action concepts via linguistic instructions. This is achieved by autonomously transferring the grounding from directly grounded action names to new higher-order composite actions. The robot's neural network controller permits such a grounding transfer. The implications for such a modeling approach in cognitive science and autonomous robotics are discussed.

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The 2006 IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Network Proceedings

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