Lingodroids are robots that invent their own words for space and time through structured conversations.

Lingodroids use Where-are-we? to invent names for places where they meet (called toponyms), and then use those toponyms in conversations about distances and directions: How-far? What-direction?

By combining toponyms, distances and directions, the robots can use Where-is-there? to name locations that they had previously experienced separately, and even places they cannot physically reach.

The conversations used for spatial languages generalise naturally to temporal terms, such as duration and time-of-day: When-did-we-last-meet? What-time-is-it?

Future work
How can the conversations of robots of the future be extended to encompass the diverse language abilities of human companions?

The Lingodroids project was funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project "Talking with Robots: Evolving Grounded Language for Embodied Agents" (Wyeth and Wiles, 2009-2011).