Using Humanoid Robots to Study Human Behaviour
Atkeson, C. G., Hale, J., Kawato, M., Kotosaka, S., Pollick, F., Riley, M., Schaal, S.,
Shibata, S., Tevatia, G., Ude, A., & Vijayakumar, S
Abstract of paper published in IEEE Intelligent System.
We are using humanoid robots to explore computational models of how human behavior is
generated. Using a humanoid robot as a research tool forces us to deal with a complex
physical apparatus and complex tasks. Our work excites a lot of public interest, but we
have to meet high standards, because observers expect human level competence from a
machine with a human form. Humanoid robots have tremendous potential in society, both
to serve humans directly and to operate in spaces designed for humans. We have an
opportunity to develop ways to make it easier to program behavior in a humanoid robot,
and potentially in other machines and computer systems as well, based on how we
program behavior in our fellow humans. This paper describes our work with our current
humanoid robot DB (www.erato.atr.co.jp/DB/), a hydraulic anthropomorphic robot with
legs, arms, a jointed torso, and a head. This research is a joint project between the ATR
Human Information Processing Laboratory and the Kawato Dynamic Brain Project, an
Exploratory Research For Advanced Technology (ERATO) project funded by the Japan
Science and Technology Agency.
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