CITEC Researchers Among Finalists for Best Paper Award in Japan

Participants at the Ro-Man Conference in Kobe, Japan were impressed with CITEC’s project

From 31 August to 4 September 2015, Kobe, Japan hosted the 24th annual Ro-Man (Robot and Human Interactive Communication) conference, which is dedicated to human-machine interaction and is attended every year by experts in the field. A paper by Maximilian Panzner, Judith Gaspers and Professor Dr. Philipp Cimiano titled “Learning linguistic constructions grounded in qualitative actions models” made it into the top five best papers presented at the conference.

In their paper, the three CITEC researchers discussed artificial agents that are capable of independent experiential learning and can be directly instructed by human beings. At the center of this research was the question of how a system must be built so that it can learn only through perception. “The challenge lies in the fact that the agent should only learn through spoken language, and must thus be able to understand and evaluate different statements, and connect these to what is going on in its environment,” explains Maximilian Panzner, a researcher in the Semantic Computing Group, which is headed by Professor Dr. Philipp Cimiano. The Semantic Computing Group consists of a team of 11 researchers who develop methods to enable intelligent systems to acquire knowledge about their environment by interacting with their surroundings, as well as developing independent language skills.  

For this year’s Ro-Man conference, a total of 138 papers were accepted and judged by a panel of experts. During the five-day conference held at the International Conference Center in Kobe, researchers attended six workshops. The Ro-Man conference is held in a different country each year; last year, researchers convened in Edinburgh, Scotland and in 2016, the conference will be held in New York City.

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