Language acquisition in humanoid robots


Jonas Hörnstein
Jonas Hörnstein
Jonas Hörnstein is a PhD student at the VisLab - Computer and Robot Vision Lab within the Institute for Systems and Robotics at Instituto Superior Técnico.
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  • 14:00, Friday, November 6th, 2009
  • Room 336


  • Jonas Hörnstein, Institute for Systems and Robotics


Unlike computer-based ASR-systems, infants are able to acquire impressive language skills from very little speech exposure. How they are able to do that is still an open question, but part of the answer may be found in the interaction between an infant and its caregiver. By using a humanoid robot it is possible to mimic this interaction in order to (i) investigate how much of linguistic structure that can be derived directly from the speech signal directed to infants and (ii) finding novel methods for language acquisition in a humanoid robot.