The altruistic robot: do what I want, not just what I say

Billingsley, Richard and Billingsley, John and Gardenfors, Peter and Peppas, Pavlos and Prade, Henri and Skillicorn, David and Williams, Mary-Anne (2017) The altruistic robot: do what I want, not just what I say. In: 11th International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM 2017) , 4-6 Oct 2017, Granada, Spain .

Abstract

As autonomous robots expand their application beyond research labs and production lines, they must work in more flexible and less well defined environments. To escape the requirement for exhaustive instruction and stipulated preference ordering, a robot’s operation must involve choices between alternative actions, guided by goals. We describe a robot that learns these goals from humans by considering the timeliness and context of instructions and rewards as evidence of the contours and gradients of an unknown human utility function. In turn, this underlies a choice-theory based rational preference relationship. We examine how the timing of requests, and contexts in which they arise, can lead to actions that pre-empt requests using methods we term contemporaneous entropy learning and context sensitive learning. We provide experiments on these two methods to demonstrate their usefulness in guiding a robot’s actions.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 July 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 06:48
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 05:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: artificial intelligence; computer science; computers; robots; choice theory; context-sensitive learning; preference order; preference relationships; production line; research labs; utility functions
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080101 Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-67582-4_11
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33402

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