Matthew McClain

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It is the goal of the Language Acquisition Group at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign (LAR-UIUC) to build a robot that is able to learn language as well as humans through embodied sensori-motor interaction with the physical world. This paper proposes cognitive structures to enable an autonomous robot to learn the syntax of twoword sentences(More)
Various psycho-acoustical experiments have concluded that visual features strongly affect the perception of speech. This contribution is most pronounced in noisy environments where the intelligibility of audio-only speech is quickly degraded. The paper explores the effectiveness of using extracted visual features, such as lip height and width, for improving(More)
The ability to program a digital computer to use a natural language has evaded humans for over half a century. I believe that this is because all previous attempts have ignored the role of the physical world in language acquisition. It is the goal of the Language Acquisition Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to build a robot that is(More)
It is the goal of the Language Acquisition Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (LAR-UIUC) to build a robot that is able to learn language as well as humans through embodied sensorimotor interaction with the physical world. This paper proposes cognitive structures to enable an autonomous robot to learn the syntax of two-word sentences(More)
There is no such thing as a disembodied mind. We posit that cognitive development can only occur through interaction with the physical world. To this end, we are developing a robotic platform for the purpose of studying cognition. We suggest that the central component of cognition is a memory which is primarily associative, one where learning occurs as the(More)
BACKGROUND Since type 2 diabetes has a strong familial component, characteristics of young adult offspring of type 2 diabetics were examined in a community sample to determine early abnormalities in black and white persons at risk. METHODS The sample consisted of 1,338 fasting young adults (72% white, 28% black) aged 19 to 37 years from a biracial(More)
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