Natural Tasking of Robots Based on Human Interaction Cues

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
The Stata Center
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

PI: Rodney A. Brooks

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Cog turns a crank
M4 robot head drawing
Kismet plays with a frog
Coco the gorilla robot

Future Deliverables

1999 - 2000

2000 - 2001:


  • Cog will move its entire body in coordination. This will allow Cog to discover its body and acquire an image of it.
  • Cog will be able to coordinate its tactile and vision senses to reach out and grab objects.
  • When Cog sees an action or plans an action it will activate its mirror neuron model.


  • Kismet will adjust its behavior towards specific persons in terms of welcoming them more enthusiastically or with a degree of rejection.
  • Kismet will improve its proto-linguistic capabilities, including using English words, to elicit specific caretaker actions that meet its needs.

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