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Embodiment without a Physical Body

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ABSTRACT This paper describes an experimental platform to model embodied cognitive development in a virtual environment. We have started a research project that aims to realize high-level cognitive functions modeled after the development of infants. We began by designing an experimental platform both for collecting interaction data among a developing system (or an infant) , its environment, and its caregiver, and for performing computer simulations of cognitive development. Rather than a physical robot in the real world, we decided to use a developing system in a simple virtual environment. The developing system thus has no physical body; however, it interacts with the environment and the caregiver, and will learn how to act in the environment and communicate with the caregiver. The basic framework of the development system that we plan to build is also described.

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