Hermes: Homeostatic Control for a Conversational Mobile Robot

We are developing a spoken-language interface for interacting with mobile robots. In our approach, language understanding is treated as a process of homeostatic control. The interpretation of words is treated as an extension of non-linguistic processes of perceptual interpretation. If successful, this research may result in robust natural-language interfaces for robots which may also be applied to a variety of other application domains including entertainment and assistive technologies.