Perceptual Robotics

  • Heinrich Bülthoff
  • Christian Wallraven
  • Martin A. Giese


Robots that share their environment with humans need to be able to recognize and manipulate objects and users, perform complex navigation tasks, and interpret and react to human emotional and communicative gestures. In all of these perceptual capabilities, the human brain, however, is still far ahead of robotic systems. Hence, taking clues from the way the human brain solves such complex perceptual tasks will help to design better robots. Similarly, once a robot interacts with humans, its behaviors and reactions will be judged by humans – movements of the robot, for example, should be fluid and graceful, and it should not evoke an eerie feeling when interacting with a user. In this chapter, we present Perceptual Robotics as the field of robotics that takes inspiration from perception research and neuroscience to, first, build better perceptual capabilities into robotic systems and, second, to validate the perceptual impact of robotic systems on the user.






anterior interparietal area


anterior inferotemporal cortex


extrastriate body part area


functional magnetic resonance imaging


geon structural description


inferotemporal cortex


lateral geniculate nucleus


medial temporal area


nonaccidental property


prefrontal cortex


posterior inferotemporal cortex


recognition by-component


radial basis function


reaction time


superior temporal sulcus


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinrich Bülthoff
    • 1
  • Christian Wallraven
    • 2
  • Martin A. Giese
    • 3
  1. 1.Human Perception, Cognition and ActionMax-Planck-Institute for Biological CyberneticsTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Brain and Cognitive Engineering, Cognitive Systems LabKorea UniversitySeoulKorea
  3. 3.Department for Cognitive NeurologyUniversity Clinic TübingenTübingenGermany

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