Emanuele Bastianelli

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In this paper the UNITOR-HMM-TK system participating in the Spatial Role Labeling task at SemEval 2013 is presented. The spatial roles classification is addressed as a sequence-based word classification problem: the SVM learning algorithm is applied, based on a simple feature modeling and a robust lexical generalization achieved through a Distributional(More)
The currently available speech technologies on mobile devices achieve effective performance in terms of both reliability and the language they are able to capture. The availability of performant speech recognition engines may also support the deployment of vocal interfaces in consumer robots. However, the design and implementation of such interfaces still(More)
Scientific experiments and robotic competitions share some common traits that can put the debate about developing better experimental methodologies and replicability of results in robotics research on more solid ground. In this context, the Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics (RoCKIn) project aims to develop competitions(More)
Speech recognition is being addressed as one of the key technologies for a natural interaction with robots, that are targeting in the consumer market. However, speech recognition in human-robot interaction is typically affected by noisy conditions of the operational environment, that impact on the performance of the recognition of spoken commands.(More)
Recent years show the development of large scale resources (e.g. FrameNet for the Frame Semantics) that supported the definition of several state-of-the-art approaches in Natural Language Processing. However, the reuse of existing resources in heterogeneous domains such as Human Robot Interaction is not straightforward. The generalization offered by many(More)
While operating in domestic environments, robots will necessarily face difficulties not envisioned by their developers at programming time. Moreover, the tasks to be performed by a robot will often have to be specialized and/or adapted to the needs of specific users and specific environments. Hence, learning how to operate by interacting with the user seems(More)
Spoken Language Understanding in Interactive Robotics provides computational models of human-machine communication based on the vocal input. However, robots operate in specific environments and the correct interpretation of the spoken sentences depends on the physical, cognitive and linguistic aspects triggered by the operational environment. Grounded(More)
Speech technologies nowadays available on mobile devices show an increased performance both in terms of the language that they are able to capture and in terms of reliability. The availability of performant speech recognition engines suggests the deployment of vocal interfaces also in consumer robots. In this paper, we report on our current work, by(More)