This figure illustrates the connections between Intelligent Co-Robot and Human-robot interaction: physical & social, language & communication.
Figure 1. Representative NRI Technology Space
The breadth of fundamental robotics research to be pursued is illustrated in Figure 1, NRI Technology Space. Topics range from cognition and knowledge representation to architectures and control mechanisms; perception; human-robot interaction, cooperation and adaptation; language understanding and production; multi-networked agents; mobility and manipulation; and human-connected cognitive prosthetics, exo-skeletons and soft (non-rigid) structures. These areas are inclusive to this program, but by no means exclusive of others.
This figure appears in NSF 11-533 National Robotics Initiative (NRI)