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Pages 1005-1006
First published 2 September 2013

A pratical approach to Humanoid Introspection

Filippo Vella, Ignazio Infantino, Giovanni Pilato, Riccardo Rizzo


We describe an approach for a humanoid robot to understand its internal state (Infantino et al. (2013)). The method is based on self observation and communication with the external world, according to the idea of introspection given by Sloman (2010). The robot introspection arises from information about physical components and software modules. This information is translated in a spatial representation of the hardware and software components of the robot through a SOM, which links the state representation of the robot with an high level representation given by an ontology. The ontology is furthermore linked to a linguistic module that makes it possible the interaction with human beings though a conversational agent.