Affordances in an Ecology of Physically Embedded Intelligent
A. Saffiotti and M. Broxvall
The concept of Ecology of Physically Embedded Intelligent Systems, or
PEIS-Ecology, combines insights fromthe fields of autonomous robotics
and ambient intelligence to provide a new solution to building
intelligent robotic systems in the service of people. The concept of
PEIS- Ecology also offers an interesting setting to study the
applicability of Gibson's notion of affordances to an ecology of robots.
In this paper we introduce this concept, and discuss its potential and
implications both from an application point of view and from an
ecological (Gibsonian) point of view. We also discuss some new
scientific challenges introduced by a Peis- Ecology, present our current
steps toward its realization, and point at a few experimental results
that show the viability of this concept.