[MuS-L] Book Announcements on Imitation in Animals and Artifacts

Andreas Schamanek schamane at fam.tuwien.ac.at
Wed Jun 26 17:33:12 CEST 2002

Hier eine Ankuendigung eines Buches, das vielleicht manche BiologInnen
interessiert und nicht auf den ueblichen Ankuendigungskanaelen

-- Andreas

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Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 16:08:42 +0100
From: Kerstin Dautenhahn <K.Dautenhahn at HERTS.AC.UK>
Subject: Book Announcements on Social Learning and Agents


1) "Imitation in Animals and Artifacts"
Editors: Kerstin Dautenhahn, Chrystopher Nehaniv
MIT Press, 2002

List of Contents:
Ordering: http://mitpress.mit.edu/ or Amazon

Book Description:
The effort to explain the imitative abilities of humans and other
animals draws on fields as diverse as animal behavior, artificial
intelligence, computer science, comparative psychology, neuroscience,
primatology, and linguistics. This volume represents a first step
toward integrating research from those studying imitation in humans
and other animals, and those studying imitation through the
construction of computer software and robots.
Imitation is of particular importance in enabling robotic or software
agents to share skills without the intervention of a programmer and in
the more general context of interaction and collaboration between
software agents and humans. Imitation provides a way for the
agent—-whether biological or artificial--to establish a "social
relationship" and learn about the demonstrator's actions, in order to
include them in its own behavioral repertoire. Building robots and
software agents that can imitate other artificial or human agents in
an appropriate way involves complex problems of perception,
experience, context, and action, solved in nature in various ways by
animals that imitate.


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