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Plan recognition and generalization in command languages with application to telerobotics

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2 Author(s)
W. I. Yared ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; T. B. Sheridan

A method for pragmatic inference as a necessary accompaniment to command languages is proposed. The approach taken focuses on the modeling and recognition of the human operator's intent, which relates sequences of domain actions (`plans') to changes in some model of the task environment. The salient feature of this module is that it captures some of the physical and linguistic contextual aspects of an instruction. This provides a basis for generalization and reinterpretation of the instruction in different task environments. The theoretical development is founded on previous work in computational linguistics and some models in the theory of action and intention. To illustrate these ideas, an experimental command language to a telerobot is implemented. The program consists of three different components: a robot graphic simulation, the command language itself, and the domain-independent pragmatic inference module. Examples of task instruction processes are provided to demonstrate the benefits of this approach

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 2 )