Goal Tracking in a Natural Language Interface: Towards Achieving Adjustable Autonomy [report]

Dennis Perzanowski, Alan C. Schultz, William Adams, Elaine Marsh
1999 unpublished
Intelligent mobile robots that interact with humans must exhibit adjustable autonomy; that is, the ability to dynamically adjust the level of self-sufficiency of an agent depending on the situation. When intelligent robots require close interactions with humans, they will require modes of communication that enhance the ability for humans to communicate naturally and that allow greater interaction, as well as adapt as a team member or sole agent in achieving various goals. Our previous work
more » ... ned the use of multiple modes of communication, specifically natural language and gestures, to disambiguate the communication between a human and a robot. In this paper, we propose using context predicates to keep track of various goals during human-robot interactions. These context predicates allow the robot to maintain multiple goals, each with possibly different levels of required autonomy. They permit direct human interruption of the robot, while allowing the robot to smoothly return to a high level of autonomy. Report Documentation Page Form Approved OMB No. 0704-0188 Public reporting burden for the collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports, 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. 6 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b. ABSTRACT unclassified c. THIS PAGE unclassified Standard Form 298 (Rev. 8-98) Prescribed by ANSI Std Z39-18
doi:10.21236/ada435151 fatcat:e7iimi4o7ncbrb7x54uey23a6i