|AAAI Fall Symposium on|
Anchoring Symbols to Sensor Data |
in Single and Multiple Robot Systems
|November 2-4, 2001 - North Falmouth, MA|
The focus of this symposium is on the connection between abstract- and physical-level representations of objects in autonomous robotic systems. We call "anchoring" the process of creating, and maintaining in time, this connection. Anchoring can thus be seen as a special case of symbol grounding where the symbols denote physical objects.
Anchoring is required in any robot that uses a symbolic representation. A typical example is to identify and track a specific person in a crowd given a linguistic description. Anchoring must also occur in multiple robot systems whenever the robots exchange information via symbolic representations. We talk in this case of "grounded communication." Grounded communication is also needed for efficient human-robot cooperation.