Self-explainable robots in remote environments

Francisco J. Chiyah Garcia, Simón C. Smith, José Lopes, Subramanian Ramamoorthy, Helen Hastie

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As robots and autonomous systems become more adept at handling complex scenarios, their underlying mechanisms also become increasingly complex and opaque. This lack of transparency can give rise to unverifiable behaviours, limiting the use of robots in a number of applications including high-stakes scenarios, e.g. self-driving cars or first responders. In this paper and accompanying video, we present a system that learns from demonstrations to inspect areas in a remote environment and to explain robot behaviour. Using semi-supervised learning, the robot is able to inspect an offshore platform autonomously, whilst explaining its decision process both through both image-based and natural language-based interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI '21 Companion
Subtitle of host publicationCompanion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450382908
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2021
Event2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - Virtual Conference, Boulder, United States
Duration: 8 Mar 202111 Mar 2021


Conference2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Abbreviated titleHRI '21
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • Autonomous control
  • Explainable robot
  • Nlg
  • Remote location
  • Semi-supervised learning
  • Transparent interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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