Situated interaction with a smart environment: Challenges and opportunities

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Interacting with a smart environment involves agreeing on what to do when, based on a joint understanding of where things and people are or where they should be. Face-to-face interaction between humans, or between humans and robots, implies clearly identifiable perspectives on the environment that can be used to establish such a joint understanding. A smart environment, in contrast, is ubiquitous and thus perspective-independent. This paper reviews the implications of this situation in terms of the challenges for establishing joint spatial reference between humans and smart systems, and presents a somewhat unconventional solution as an opportunity.


  • Perspective, Communication, Spatial reference, Common Ground
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-264
JournalKI - Künstliche Intelligenz
Issue number3
Early online date24 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

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