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Robots are just now becoming part of our everyday life and being used by ordinary people. Developing a humanlike appearance must go hand in hand with increasing robots' cognitive, social, and perceptive capabilities. In this installment of Trends & Controversies, Hiroshi Ishiguro and Minoru Asada present the ultimate imitation of a human's appearance: an android. Humanlike robots must communicate clearly using natural language. Stuart Shapiro outlines natural language's importance both as a practical way to communicate and a means of encouraging social interaction. Michael Thielscher presents the field of cognitive robotics, which investigates how robots can achieve greater autonomy and flexibility in such environments. Cynthia Breazeal has been a pioneer in developing socially interactive robots, and she presents the challenges and progress in this field. The growing field of socially assistive robotics is becoming an important testbed for human-inspired robots. Maja J. Mataric outlines the challenges of aiding people by means of social interaction rather than through physical contact alone. Finally, Hiroshi Ishida presents olfaction as a new sense for robots. The ability to recognize smells bring robots closer to humans

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Intelligent Systems, IEEE  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

July-Aug. 2006

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