A Developmental Approach for low-level Imitations

Andry, Pierre and Gaussier, Philippe and Nadel, Jacqueline and Courant, Michele (2003) A Developmental Approach for low-level Imitations. [Conference Poster]

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Historically, a lot of authors in psychology and in robotics tend to separate "true imitation" and its related high-level mechanisms which seem to be exclusive to human adult, from low-level imitations or "mimicries" observed on babies or primates. Closely, classical researches suppose that an imitative artificial system must be able to build a model of the demonstrator's geometry, in order to reproduce finely the movements on each joints. Conversely, we will advocate that if imitation is viewed as a part of a developmental course, then (1) an artificial developing system does not need to build any internal model of the other, to perform real-time and low-level imitations of human movements despite the related correspondence problem between man and robot and, (2) a simple sensory-motor loop could be at the basis of multiples heterogeneous imitative behaviors often explained in the literature by different models.

Item Type:Conference Poster
Keywords:imitative artificial system, developing system, self-organizing map, robotic movement control
Subjects:Computer Science > Machine Learning
Computer Science > Neural Nets
Computer Science > Robotics
ID Code:3343
Deposited By: Prince, Dr Christopher G.
Deposited On:12 Feb 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55


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