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: 15 July 2021.

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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Keywords

  • 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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Conceptual Framework for Quantum Affective Computing and Its Use in Fusion of Multi-Robot Emotions
Electronics 2021, 10(2), 100; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10020100 - 06 Jan 2021
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This study presents a modest attempt to interpret, formulate, and manipulate the emotion of robots within the precepts of quantum mechanics. Our proposed framework encodes emotion information as a superposition state, whilst unitary operators are used to manipulate the transition of emotion states [...] Read more.
This study presents a modest attempt to interpret, formulate, and manipulate the emotion of robots within the precepts of quantum mechanics. Our proposed framework encodes emotion information as a superposition state, whilst unitary operators are used to manipulate the transition of emotion states which are subsequently recovered via appropriate quantum measurement operations. The framework described provides essential steps towards exploiting the potency of quantum mechanics in a quantum affective computing paradigm. Further, the emotions of multi-robots in a specified communication scenario are fused using quantum entanglement, thereby reducing the number of qubits required to capture the emotion states of all the robots in the environment, and therefore fewer quantum gates are needed to transform the emotion of all or part of the robots from one state to another. In addition to the mathematical rigours expected of the proposed framework, we present a few simulation-based demonstrations to illustrate its feasibility and effectiveness. This exposition is an important step in the transition of formulations of emotional intelligence to the quantum era. Full article
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An RSSI-Based Localization, Path Planning and Computer Vision-Based Decision Making Robotic System
Electronics 2020, 9(8), 1326; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9081326 - 17 Aug 2020
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A robotic navigation system operates flawlessly under an adequate GPS signal range, whereas indoor navigation systems use the simultaneous localization and mapping system or other vision-based localization systems. The sensor used in indoor navigation systems is not suitable for low power and small [...] Read more.
A robotic navigation system operates flawlessly under an adequate GPS signal range, whereas indoor navigation systems use the simultaneous localization and mapping system or other vision-based localization systems. The sensor used in indoor navigation systems is not suitable for low power and small scale robotic systems. The wireless area network transmitting devices have fixed transmission power, and the receivers get the different values of signal strength based on their surrounding environments. In the proposed method, the received signal strength index (RSSI) values of three fixed transmitter units are measured every 1.6 m in mesh format and analyzed by the classifiers, and robot position can be mapped in the indoor area. After navigation, the robot analyzes objects and detects and recognize human faces with the help of object recognition and facial recognition-based classification methods respectively. This robot detects the intruder with the current position in an indoor environment. Full article
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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
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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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On the Gap between Domestic Robotic Applications and Computational Intelligence
Electronics 2021, 10(7), 793; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10070793 - 27 Mar 2021
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Aspired to build intelligent agents that can assist humans in daily life, researchers and engineers, both from academia and industry, have kept advancing the state-of-the-art in domestic robotics. With the rapid advancement of both hardware (e.g., high performance computing, smaller and cheaper sensors) [...] Read more.
Aspired to build intelligent agents that can assist humans in daily life, researchers and engineers, both from academia and industry, have kept advancing the state-of-the-art in domestic robotics. With the rapid advancement of both hardware (e.g., high performance computing, smaller and cheaper sensors) and software (e.g., deep learning techniques and computational intelligence technologies), robotic products have become available to ordinary household users. For instance, domestic robots have assisted humans in various daily life scenarios to provide: (1) physical assistance such as floor vacuuming; (2) social assistance such as chatting; and (3) education and cognitive assistance such as offering partnerships. Crucial to the success of domestic robots is their ability to understand and carry out designated tasks from human users via natural and intuitive human-like interactions, because ordinary users usually have no expertise in robotics. To investigate whether and to what extent existing domestic robots can participate in intuitive and natural interactions, we survey existing domestic robots in terms of their interaction ability, and discuss the state-of-the-art research on multi-modal human–machine interaction from various domains, including natural language processing and multi-modal dialogue systems. We relate domestic robot application scenarios with state-of-the-art computational techniques of human–machine interaction, and discuss promising future directions towards building more reliable, capable and human-like domestic robots. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Cognitive Infocommunications as a link to Cognitive Robotics
Authors: Jozsef Katona; Attila Kovari
Affiliation: Institute of Information Technology, University of Dunaújváros, 2400 Dunaújváros, Hungary
Abstract: none

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