Infants and iCubs: Applying Developmental Psychology to Robot Shaping

James Law, Mark Lee, Martin Hülse, Patricia Shaw

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Achieving sentient robots will not only require understanding of neuro-models that generate behaviour from structure, but will also need research into the role of development, that is how behaviour determines structure. We emphasise infant sensory-motor development and identify an explicit framework that can guide the design of similar developmental processes in robotics. We show how human development sequences can be mapped on to robotic platforms and how constraints on perception and action can be utilised so that staged behaviour and learning may take place. The growth of increasing competence can be managed by this method of unsupervised shaping by constraints.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-274
Number of pages3
JournalProcedia Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2011
EventProceedings of the 2nd European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 04 May 201106 May 2011


  • Autonomous robots
  • Developmental learning
  • Unsupervised shaping


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