Angelo Cangelosi and Matthew Schlesinger: Developmental robotics
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Cangelosi and Schlesinger’s new book is the first comprehensive overview of the relatively young interdisciplinary field of developmental robotics. On page 4 they define developmental robotics as “the autonomous design of behavioral and cognitive capabilities in artificial agents (robots) that takes direct inspiration from the developmental principles and mechanisms observed in the natural cognitive systems of children”. Cangelosi and Schlesinger are well positioned to provide an insider’s view of this emerging field, having published extensively, chaired conferences, and edited journals on the topic.
The authors had three goals (which they largely met) in writing their book. First, it should be easily understood by a wide audience: from philosophers to engineers, as well as from undergraduates to graduate students. Second, each robotic model should have a direct counterpart in human baby/infant development. Third, it should demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the field.