Stanford Webinar - Human-Robot Interaction
The YouTube video features Professor Monroe Kennedy, who is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He discusses the topic of whether machines can understand human intention and how this can impact human-robot interaction. He explains the concept of robotic autonomy and the importance of modeling human teammates in order to effectively collaborate with them. He mentions the use of generative models, such as ChatGPT and variational autoencoders, to estimate human intent and predict their actions. He also talks about the challenges and potential applications of this technology, including in fields like robotics, prosthetics, and fall prevention. The video showcases some projects from his lab, such as a table-carrying robot, an intelligent prosthetic arm, and a fall prevention wearable sensor. Professor Kennedy emphasizes the positive impact that machines understanding human intention can have on society, but also highlights the need for responsible and ethical development in this domain.