Imitation in Animals and Artifacts

From Complex Adaptive Systems

Imitation in Animals and Artifacts

Edited by Kerstin Dautenhahn and Chrystopher L. Nehaniv

An interdisciplinary overview of current research on imitation in animals and artifacts.

A Bradford Book

Hardcover $75.00 S £51.95
Paperback $58.00 X £45.00

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An interdisciplinary overview of current research on imitation in animals and artifacts.

The effort to explain the imitative abilities of humans and other animals draws on fields as diverse as animal behavior, artificial intelligence, computer science, comparative psychology, neuroscience, primatology, and linguistics. This volume represents a first step toward integrating research from those studying imitation in humans and other animals, and those studying imitation through the construction of computer software and robots.

Imitation is of particular importance in enabling robotic or software agents to share skills without the intervention of a programmer and in the more general context of interaction and collaboration between software agents and humans. Imitation provides a way for the agent—whether biological or artificial—to establish a "social relationship" and learn about the demonstrator's actions, in order to include them in its own behavioral repertoire. Building robots and software agents that can imitate other artificial or human agents in an appropriate way involves complex problems of perception, experience, context, and action, solved in nature in various ways by animals that imitate.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262042031 626 pp. | 7 in x 10 in 104 illus.

Paperback

$58.00 X | £45.00 ISBN: 9780262527750 626 pp. | 7 in x 10 in 104 illus.

Editors

Kerstin Dautenhahn

Kerstin Dautenhahn is co-organizer of the Adaptive Systems Research Group at the University of Hertfordshsire, England.

Chrystopher L. Nehaniv

Chrystopher L. Nehaniv is co-organizer of the Adaptive Systems Research Group at the University of Hertfordshsire, England.