Grasp Learning by Means of Developing Sensorimotor Schemas and Generic World Knowledge

Norbert Krüger, Mila Popovic, Leon Bodenhagen, Dirk Kraft, Frank Guerin

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We present a cognitive system in which grasping competences are coded by means of a formalisation of sensory motor schemas in terms of so called ‘object action complexes’ (OACs). OACs define the knowledge of the system via the effects and precondition of certain behavioural patterns, and also code the uncertainty associated with their execution. OACs are grounded through the observation and evaluation of individual executions generating ‘experiments’, and dynamically adapt through using these experiments for learning. Moreover, in parallel with the development and refinement of OACs, generic world knowledge is permanently generated by the system which affects the OACs on a meta level and provides a means for the generation of new competences and better generalisation. We present an example of a developing system executing OACs which code the grasping of known and unknown objects, and thereby illustrate (i) the refinement of OACs and (ii) building up generic world knowledge. We see this as particularly important since these interaction processes, although fundamental for human development, are usually difficult to observe by means of techniques in neurophysiology and developmental psychology
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of AISB 2011 : Computational Models of Cognitive Development
PublisherSociety for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour
Publication date2011
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-908187-02-4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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