Active Robot Learning for Temporal Task Models

Mattia Racca, Ville Kyrki

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With the goal of having robots learn new skills after deployment, we propose an active learning framework for modelling user preferences about task execution. The proposed approach interactively gathers information by asking questions expressed in natural language. We study the validity and the learning performance of the proposed approach and two of its variants compared to a passive learning strategy. We further investigate the human-robot-interaction nature of the framework conducting a usability study with 18 subjects. The results show that active strategies are applicable for learning preferences in temporal tasks from non-expert users. Furthermore, the results provide insights in the interaction design of active learning robots.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI'18
Number of pages9
VolumePart F135041
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4953-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - Chicago, United States
Duration: 5 Mar 20188 Mar 2018
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
ISSN (Print)2167-2121
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148


ConferenceACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Abbreviated titleHRI
CountryUnited States
Internet address


  • Interactive machine learning
  • human-robot interaction

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