Special Issue "Cognitive Robotics"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Janos Botzheim
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Department of Mechatronics, Optics and Mechanical Engineering Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest 1111, Hungary
Interests: computational intelligence; cognitive robotics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, various types of intelligent robots have been developed for the society of the next generation. In particular, intelligent robots should continue to perform tasks in real environments such as houses, commercial facilities, and public facilities. The growing need to automate daily tasks combined with new robot technologies are driving the development of human-friendly robots, i.e., safe and dependable machines, operating in close vicinity to humans or directly interacting with persons in a wide range of domains. The technology shift from classical industrial robots which are safely kept away from humans in cages to robots which will be used in close collaboration with humans requires major technological challenges that need to be overcome. Computational intelligence is very important to provide human-friendly services by robots. A robot should have human-like intelligence and cognitive capabilities to co-exist with people. The study on the intelligence, cognition, and self of robots has a long history. The concepts on adaptation, learning, and cognitive development should be introduced more intensively in the next-generation robotics from the theoretical point of view. Fuzzy, neural, and evolutionary computation play an important role in realizing the cognitive development of robots from a methodological point of view. Furthermore, the synthesis of information technology, network technology, and robot technology may bring the brand-new emerging intelligence to robots from a technical point of view. This Special Issue focuses on the intelligence of robots emerging from the adaptation, learning, and cognitive development through the interaction with people and dynamic environments from the conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and/or technical points of view.

Prof. Dr. Janos Botzheim
Guest Editor

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  • Robot intelligence
  • Learning, adaptation, and evolution in robotics
  • Human–robot interaction
  • Embodied cognitive science
  • Perception and action
  • Intelligent robots
  • Fuzzy, neural, and evolutionary computation for robotics
  • Evolutionary robotics
  • Soft computing for vision and learning

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Intrinsic Motivation Based Hierarchical Exploration for Model and Skill Learning
Electronics 2020, 9(2), 312; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9020312 - 11 Feb 2020
Hierarchical skill learning is an important research direction in human intelligence. However, many real-world problems have sparse rewards and a long time horizon, which typically pose challenges in hierarchical skill learning and lead to the poor performance of naive exploration. In this work, [...] Read more.
Hierarchical skill learning is an important research direction in human intelligence. However, many real-world problems have sparse rewards and a long time horizon, which typically pose challenges in hierarchical skill learning and lead to the poor performance of naive exploration. In this work, we propose an algorithmic framework called surprise-based hierarchical exploration for model and skill learning (Surprise-HEL). The framework leverages the surprise-based intrinsic motivation for improving the efficiency of sampling and driving exploration. It also combines the surprise-based intrinsic motivation and the hierarchical exploration to speed up the model learning and skill learning. Moreover, the framework incorporates the reward independent incremental learning rules and the technique of alternating model learning and policy update to handle the changing intrinsic rewards and the changing models. These works enable the framework to implement the incremental and developmental learning of models and hierarchical skills. We tested Surprise-HEL on a common benchmark domain: Household Robot Pickup and Place. The evaluation results show that the Surprise-HEL framework can significantly improve the agent’s efficiency in model and skill learning in a typical complex domain. Full article
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