Referential communication – come under the umbrella of theory of mind – and refers to how an agent communicates their intended meaning to another agent about a referent, or object. This is a crucial aspect of human-robot interaction, especially when the robot must collaborate with human users in order to help them perform a shared task.
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Dyson is a leading global consumer product company, with its UK campus based near Bristol. Dyson is currently investing heavily in Robotics and this project would be industrially supervised within Dyson’s Robotics Research group.
The aim of this project is to enable a team of mobile manipulators with the capability of dexterous simultaneous manipulation and locomotion.
Humans perform numerous tasks in their daily life that require collaboration with others. In these scenarios the two humans work together, anticipate how the other will behave and guide their partner towards the joint goal. For instance, two humans can effortlessly move and flip large boxes in a warehouse. Likewise, a human can pour wine into a glass held out by another human, without spilling.
Robots and UAVs are often required to operate (semi)autonomously, especially when there is limited human awareness for safe operation. In such cases, self-navigation functionalities are required. This proposal relates to the adaptation of RF signals of opportunity for navigation using SLAM approaches.
Multi-agent reinforcement learning (MARL) uses reinforcement learning techniques to train a set of agents to solve a specified task. This includes agents working in a team to collaboratively accomplish tasks, as well as agents in competitive scenarios with conflicting interests. Recent advances in MARL have leveraged deep learning to scale to bigger problems and address some of the inherent challenges in MARL .
Digital twins are increasingly becoming a choice, if not a trend to forecast, operate and manage complex systems. However, all digital twins are derived from human defined models about the environment or the physical asset. That is, the human defines the digital proxies, the virtualised environment, the technology, etc. This project questions the potential of machines and/or networks to derive its own digital model and workspace. In particular, the emphasis on systems that are beyond human visual sight and where communication synchronicity is not guaranteed, i.e.