Imitation and Social Learning in Robots, Humans and Animals: Behavioural, Social and Communicative Dimensions

Imitation and Social Learning in Robots, Humans and Animals: Behavioural, Social and Communicative Dimensions

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Cambridge University Press, 3/29/2007
EAN 9780521845113, ISBN10: 0521845114

Hardcover, 500 pages, 22.8 x 16 x 4 cm
Language: English

Mechanisms of imitation and social matching play a fundamental role in development, communication, interaction, learning and culture. Their investigation in different agents (animals, humans and robots) has significantly influenced our understanding of the nature and origins of social intelligence. Whilst such issues have traditionally been studied in areas such as psychology, biology and ethnology, it has become increasingly recognised that a 'constructive approach' towards imitation and social learning via the synthesis of artificial agents can provide important insights into mechanisms and create artefacts that can be instructed and taught by imitation, demonstration, and social interaction rather than by explicit programming. This book studies increasingly sophisticated models and mechanisms of social matching behaviour and marks an important step towards the development of an interdisciplinary research field, consolidating and providing a valuable reference for the increasing number of researchers in the field of imitation and social learning in robots, humans and animals.

The constructive interdisciplinary viewpoint for understanding mechanisms and models of imitation and social learning Kerstin Dautenhahn and Chrystopher L. Nehaniv
Part I. Correspondence Problems and Mechanisms
1. Imitation
thoughts about theories Geoffrey Bird and Cecilia Heyes
2. Nine billion correspondence problems Chrystopher L. Nehaniv
3. Challenges and issues faced in building a framework for conducting research in learning from observation Darrin Bentivegna, Christopher Atkeson and Gordon Cheng
Part II. Mirroring and 'Mind-Reading'
4. A neural architecture for imitation and intentional relations Marco Iacoboni, Jonas Kaplan and Stephen Wilson
5. Simulation theory of understanding others
a robotics perspective Yiannis Demiris and Matthew Johnson
6. Mirrors and matchings
imitation from the perspective of mirror-self-recognition and the parietal region's involvement in both Robert W. Mitchell
Part III. What to Imitate
7. The question of 'what to imitate'
inferring goals and intentions from demonstrations Malinda Carpenter and Josep Call
8. Learning of gestures by imitation in a humanoid robot Sylvain Calinon and Aude Billard
9. The dynamic emergence of categories through imitation Tony Belpaeme, Bart de Boer and Bart Jansen
Part IV. Development and Embodiment
10. Copying strategies by people with autistic spectrum disorder
why only imitation leads to social cognitive development Justin H. G. Williams
11. A bayesian model of imitation in infants and robots Rajesh P. N. Rao, Aaron P. Shon and Andrew N. Meltzoff
12. Solving the correspondence problem in robotic imitation across embodiments
synchrony, perception and culture in artefacts Aris Alissandrakis, Chrystopher L. Nehaniv and Kerstin Dautenhahn
Part V. Synchrony and Turn-Taking as Communicative Mechanisms
13. How to build an imitator? Arnaud Revel and Jacqueline Nadel
14. Simulated turn-taking and development of styles of motion Takashi Ikegami and Hiroki Iizuka
15. Bullying behaviour, empathy and imitation
an attempted synthesis Kerstin Dautenhahn, Sarah N. Woods and Christina Kaouri
Part VI. Why Imitate? Motivations
16. Multiple motivations for imitation in infancy Mark Nielsen and Virginia Slaughter
17. The progress drive hypothesis
an interpretation of early imitation Frédéric Kaplan and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
Part VII. Social Feedback
18. Training behaviour by imitation
from parrots to people … to robots? Irene M. Pepperberg and Diane V. Sherman
19. Task learning through imitation and human-robot interaction Monica N. Nicolescu and Maja J. Mataric
Part VIII. The Ecological Context
20. Emulation learning
the integration of technical and social cognition Ludwig Huber
21. Mimicry as deceptive resemblance
beyond the one-trick ponies Mark D. Norman and Tom Tregenza.