The ITALK Project: A Developmental Robotics Approach to the Study of Individual, Social, and Linguistic Learning

This article presents results from a multidisciplinary research project on the integration and transfer of language knowledge into robots as an empirical paradigm for the study of language development in both humans and humanoid robots. Within the framework of human linguistic and cognitive development, we focus on how three central types of learning interact and co-develop: individual learning about one's own embodiment and the environment, social learning (learning from others), and learning of linguistic capability. Our primary concern is how these capabilities can scaffold each other's development in a continuous feedback cycle as their interactions yield increasingly sophisticated competencies in the agent's capacity to interact with others and manipulate its world. Experimental results are summarized in relation to milestones in human linguistic and cognitive development and show that the mutual scaffolding of social learning, individual learning, and linguistic capabilities creates the context, conditions, and requisites for learning in each domain. Challenges and insights identified as a result of this research program are discussed with regard to possible and actual contributions to cognitive science and language ontogeny. In conclusion, directions for future work are suggested that continue to develop this approach toward an integrated framework for understanding these mutually scaffolding processes as a basis for language development in humans and robots.

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Broz, Frank
Nehaniv, Chrystopher L.
Belpaeme, Tony
Bisio, Ambra
Dautenhahn, Kerstin
Fadiga, Luciano
Ferrauto, Tomassino
Fischer, Kerstin
Foerster, Frank
Gigliotta, Onofrio
Griffiths, Sascha
Lehmann, Hagen
Lohan, Katrin S.
Lyon, Caroline
Marocco, Davide
Massera, Gianluca
Metta, Giorgio
Mohan, Vishwanathan
Morse, Anthony
Nolfi, Stefano
Nori, Francesco
Peniak, Martin
Pitsch, Karola
Rohlfing, Katharina J.
Sagerer, Gerhard
Sato, Yo
Saunders, Joe
Schillingmann, Lars
Sciutti, Alessandra
Tikhanoff, Vadim
Wrede, Britta
Zeschel, Arne
Cangelosi, Angelo
Cognitive Science Society, Inc.,, Hoboken, NJ , Stati Uniti d'America
Topics in cognitive science (Print) 6 (2014): 534–544. doi:10.1111/tops.12099
info:cnr-pdr/source/autori:Broz, Frank; Nehaniv, Chrystopher L.; Belpaeme, Tony; Bisio, Ambra; Dautenhahn, Kerstin; Fadiga, Luciano; Ferrauto, Tomassino; Fischer, Kerstin; Foerster, Frank; Gigliotta, Onofrio; Griffiths, Sascha; Lehmann, Hagen; Lohan, Katr
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Ritratto di Stefano Nolfi
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