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Perceptual Perspective Taking and Action Recognition

Author(s): Matthew Johnson | Yiannis Demiris

Journal: International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems
ISSN 1729-8806

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Robots that operate in social environments need to be able to recognise and understand the actions of other robots, and humans, in order to facilitate learning through imitation and collaboration. The success of the simulation theory approach to action recognition and imitation relies on the ability to take the perspective of other people, so as to generate simulated actions from their point of view. In this paper, simulation of visual perception is used to recreate the visual egocentric sensory space and egocentric behaviour space of an observed agent, and through this increase the accuracy of action recognition. To demonstrate the approach, experiments are performed with a robot attributing perceptions to and recognising the actions of a second robot.
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