Language seems to have developed through re-use of areas of the brain which support planning sequences of actions (e.g. the series of actions required to make a cup of tea). This suggests that the brain represents language and action in the same way. One possibility is that objects are represented in terms of the actions which can be performed on them (the affordances of the object). Our project is to build a computational model that can learn affordances. The model will give insights into how affordances might be represented in the brain. It can also be incorporated into models of planning and language to show how affordances can support these functions too.
Related Publications and Presentations
- Kira Mourao, Ron Petrick, and Mark Steedman, “Using kernel perceptrons to learn action effects for planning”, CogSys 2008, 2008.
- Kira Mourao, Mark Steedman, and David I. Donaldson, “Setting the tone: An ERP study of the effects of intonation on sentence processing”, Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) and Psychonomics Society, 2007.
- Ron Petrick, Dirk Kraft, Kira Mourao, Chris Geib, Nico Pugeault, Norbert Kruger, and Mark Steedman, “Representation and Integration:Combining robot control, high-level planning and action learning”, International Cognitive Robotics Workshop (CogRob 2008) at ECAI 2008, 2008, 32-41.
- Chris Geib, Kira Mourao, Ron Petrick, Nico Pugeault, Mark Steedman, Norbert Kruger, and Florentin Worgotter, “Object Action Complexes as an Interface for Planning & Robot Control”, Humanoids Workshop: toward Cognitive Humanoid Robots, 2006.
- Kira Mourao, Ron Petrick, and Mark Steedman, “Learning action effects in partially observable domains”, European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2010.
- Kira Mourao, Ron Petrick, and Mark Steedman, “Learning action effects in partially observable domains”, International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS): Planning and Learning Workshop, 2009.
- Kira Mourao, Mark Steedman, and David I. Donaldson, “From Intonation to Information – an ERP study”, DTC Day, University of Edinburgh, 2006.
- Kira Mourao, Mark Steedman, and David I. Donaldson, “Effects of sentence structure on sentence processing – an ERP study”, DTC Industry Day, University of Edinburgh, 2007.