From insects to interaction

Insect-inspired control approaches often provide adaptive, robust and cheap solutions to common robotic problems. … We present practical observations focusing on an insectoid robot equipped with active antennae, and then expose verbal communication concepts for embodied cognition. Finally, we discuss how to combine insect-like processes intelligible to humans (e.g. visuotactile attention) with capabilities exceeding those of the insects (e.g. intuitive gestures, verbal communication).

Citation: Hoinville, T., Krause, A., Schilling, M., and Cruse, H. (2014). “Bridging an Interspecies Gap? Toward Human-Insectoid Robot Interaction.” In Proceedings of 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2014), Bielefeld, Germany.