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[RPL+18] S. Rosa, A. Patane, X. Lu, and N. Trigoni. CommonSense: Collaborative learning of scene semantics by robots and humans. In 1st International Workshop on Internet of People, Assistive Robots and Things, Association for Computing Machinery. To appear. 2018. [pdf] [bib]
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Abstract. The recent introduction of robots to everyday scenarios has revealed new opportunities for collaboration and social interaction between robots and people. However, high level interaction will require semantic understanding of the environment. In this paper, we advocate that co-existence of assistive robots and humans can be leveraged to enhance the semantic understanding of the shared environment, and improve situation awareness. We propose a probabilistic framework that combines human activity sensor data generated by smart wearables with low level localisation data generated by robots. Based on this low level information and leveraging colocation events between a user and a robot, it can reason about semantic information and track humans and robots across different rooms. The proposed system relies on two-way sharing of information between the robot and the user. In the first phase, user activities indicative of room utility are inferred from consumer wearable devices and shared with the robot, enabling it to gradually build a semantic map of the environment. This will enable natural language interaction and high-level tasks for both assistive and coworking robots. In a second phase, via colocation events, the robot is able to share semantic information with the user, by labelling raw user data with semantic information about room type. Over time, the labelled data is used for training an Hidden Markov Model for room-level localisation, effectively making the user independent from the robot.