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A Roadmap for Cognitive Development in Humanoid Robots

  • David Vernon
  • Claes von Hofsten
  • Luciano Fadiga

Part of the Cognitive Systems Monographs book series (COSMOS, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. David Vernon, Claes von Hofsten, Luciano Fadiga
    Pages 1-11
  3. David Vernon, Claes von Hofsten, Luciano Fadiga
    Pages 13-28
  4. David Vernon, Claes von Hofsten, Luciano Fadiga
    Pages 29-63
  5. David Vernon, Claes von Hofsten, Luciano Fadiga
    Pages 65-79
  6. David Vernon, Claes von Hofsten, Luciano Fadiga
    Pages 81-99
  7. David Vernon, Claes von Hofsten, Luciano Fadiga
    Pages 101-119
  8. David Vernon, Claes von Hofsten, Luciano Fadiga
    Pages 121-153
  9. David Vernon, Claes von Hofsten, Luciano Fadiga
    Pages 155-158
  10. Back Matter

About this book

Introduction

This book addresses the central role played by development in cognition. The focus is on applying our knowledge of development in natural cognitive systems, specifically human infants, to the problem of creating artificial cognitive systems in the guise of humanoid robots. The approach is founded on the three-fold premise that (a) cognition is the process by which an autonomous self-governing agent acts effectively in the world in which it is embedded, (b) the dual purpose of cognition is to increase the agent's repertoire of effective actions and its power to anticipate the need for future actions and their outcomes, and (c) development plays an essential role in the realization of these cognitive capabilities. Our goal in this book is to identify the key design principles for cognitive development. We do this by bringing together insights from four areas: enactive cognitive science, developmental psychology, neurophysiology, and computational modelling. This results in roadmap comprising a set of forty-three guidelines for the design of a cognitive architecture and its deployment in a humanoid robot. The book includes a case study based on the iCub, an open-systems humanoid robot which has been designed specifically as a common platform for research on embodied cognitive systems. 

Keywords

Cognitive architectures Cognitive robotics Developmental psychology Humanoid robots Neurophysiology iCub

Authors and affiliations

  • David Vernon
    • 1
  • Claes von Hofsten
    • 2
  • Luciano Fadiga
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive SciencesItalian Institute of TechnologyGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Psykologisk instituttUniversitetet i OsloOsloNorway
  3. 3.Section of Human PhysiologyUniversity of FerraraItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-16904-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-16903-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-16904-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1867-4925
  • Series Online ISSN 1867-4933
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