Chapter 14

Intent Recognition for Human–Robot Interaction

Richard Kelley, Alireza Tavakkoli, Christopher King, Amol Ambardekar, Liesl Wigand, Monica Nicolescu and Mircea Nicolescu,    University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA

Abstract

For robots to operate in social environments, they must be able to recognize human intentions. In the context of social robotics, intent recognition must rely on imperfect sensors, such as depth cameras, and must operate in real time. This chapter introduces several approaches for recognizing intentions by physical robots. We show how such systems can use sensors, such as the Microsoft Kinect, as well as temporal and contextual information obtained from resources such as Wikipedia.

Keywords

Intent

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