Imitating Interactive Intelligence

We first create a simulated environment, the Playroom, in which virtual robots can engage in a variety of interesting interactions by moving around, manipulating objects, and speaking to each other. The Playroom’s dimensions can be randomised as can its allocation of shelves, furniture, landmarks like windows and doors, and an assortment of children’s toys and domestic objects. The diversity of the environment enables interactions involving reasoning about space and object relations, ambiguity of references, containment, construction, support, occlusion, partial observability. We embedded two agents in the Playroom to provide a social dimension for studying joint intentionality, cooperation, communication of private knowledge, and so on.Read More