Cognitive Machines aims to:
(1) Create autonomous systems including interactive
physical robots and synthetic characters in virtual worlds that learn
to communicate in human-like ways;
(2) Understand how children learn
to communicate through longitudinal in vivo observation and analysis;
(3) Develop tools for visualizing, searching, and analyzing large
corpora (e.g., video) using task-dependent semantic models.
Cutting across these research threads is a theoretical interest in
understanding how the cognitive structures and processes underlying
social skills such as language use are grounded in interaction with
the physical world.