Intelligent artifacts and robots are expected to operate in complex physical and social environments. Whereas robots are slowly but surely being readied for the physical world, the social world is still at the horizon. The deployment of service and companion robots, however, requires that humans and robots do can understand each other and can communicate. In other words whereas humans have evolved an advanced codification of their behavior that provides the basis for the transparency of most of their actions and communication, for now robots do not share this behavioral code and cannot explain their actions to human users hampering their collaboration.
WYSIWYD will advance the transparency of HRI by building on an advanced and recently developed paradigm comprising a humanoid robot iCub, a European standard platform for humanoid robotics (Metta, Sandini et al. 2008) and a tangible table top interface system (the ReacTable (Jorda, Kaltenbrunner et al. 2005)), that allows us to exercise various levels of interaction between human users and a humanoid robot. This integrated experimental setup provides for both real-time interaction and a high degree of experimental control.
The integration of the different components of the WYSIWYD project is based on the Distributed Adaptive Control (DAC) theory of mind, brain and behaviour that proposes that the embodied brain is structured as a layered control architecture subdivided in functional segments subserving the processing of states of the world, the self and their interaction through action (Verschure, Krose et al. 1992; Verschure 2012).