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Physical interaction learning: Behavior adaptation in cooperative human-robot tasks involving physical contact

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5 Author(s)
Ikemoto, S. ; Dept. of Adaptive Machine Syst., Osaka Univ., Suita, Japan ; Ben Amor, H. ; Minato, T. ; Ishiguro, H.
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In order for humans and robots to engage in direct physical interaction several requirements have to be met. Among others, robots need to be able to adapt their behavior in order to facilitate the interaction with a human partner. This can be achieved using machine learning techniques. However, most machine learning scenarios to-date do not address the question of how learning can be achieved for tightly coupled, physical touch interactions between the learning agent and a human partner. This paper presents an example for such human in-the-loop learning scenarios and proposes a computationally cheap learning algorithm for this purpose. The efficiency of this method is evaluated in an experiment, where human care givers help an android robot to stand up.

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Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2009. RO-MAN 2009. The 18th IEEE International Symposium on

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Sept. 27 2009-Oct. 2 2009