Janet Wiles

Talking with Robots

Janet Wiles

Talk: Talking with Robots

Robots are beginning to deliver pizza and parcels, drive cars and help the kids with their homework. How will they communicate with us? Could a robot ever say-what-it-means and mean-what-it-says? This talk is about how robots, called Lingodroids, understand language by inventing their own words to describe their own experiences. Such robots roam the world, asking each other questions like “Where are we” and “What time is it?” Through these conversations, they invent words for places and times, linking the meanings to their own experiences. The talk will describe how the Lingodroids invent robot languages, and generalise their words to refer to places they have never been, and even places they can reach only in their imagination.

Janet Wiles

Janet Wiles’ research involves bio-inspired computation in complex systems, with applications in cognitive science and biorobotics. In 2003 she formed the Complex and Intelligent Systems research group at the University of Queensland where she has been Professor since 2006. She currently