The recognition and reproduction of gestures and actions is a key element of autonomous
humanoid robotics and natural human-machine interactions. The aim is to design robots
able to capture the essence of a given gesture, so as to reproduce variants of the gesture
in a new context. In order to accomplish this task, the robot must extract a coarse but
adequate representation of the gesture.
Biological systems offer the best known examples of cognitive systems.
It is thus very tempting to adopt a reverse engineering approach and
try to model the behaviour of neural systems. This line of research reveals
new insights into the kind of computations that might by implemented by the
neural substrate, and their significance in the emergence of "intelligent"
Robota is a doll-shaped robot, that has been developped at the LASA Lab at EPFL.
It can engage in complex interactions with a human, by means of various modalities
(acoustics, vision, speech and limb movements). Robota is also used as an educational
and therapeutic tool, for example, with autistic children.