Embodied Language Understanding with a Multiple Timescale Recurrent Neural Network

Stefan Heinrich, Cornelius Weber, Stefan Wermter

Conference: Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN2013), pp. 216-223, Sep 2013


Abstract: How the human brain understands natural language and what we can learn for intelligent systems is open research. Recently, researchers claimed that language is embodied in most – if not all – sensory and sensorimotor modalities and that the brain’s architecture favours the emergence of language. In this paper we investigate the characteristics of such an architecture and propose a model based on the Multiple Timescale Recurrent Neural Network, extended by embodied visual perception. We show that such an architecture can learn the meaning of utterances with respect to visual perception and that it can produce verbal utterances that correctly describe previously unknown scenes.