Robert J. Ross


Contact Details

E-Mail: robertr At
Office Address: Cartesium 01.016
Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 (0)421 218 64261

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Dialogue Management
  • Functional Linguistics
  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Linguistic Semantics
  • Spatial Language Processing


In Press

  • Illocutionary Structure Modelling and the Analysis of Task-Oriented Dialogues. Hui Shi, Robert J. Ross, Thora Tenbrink, and John Bateman.
  • An Upper Interaction Ontology for Verbally Communicating Agents. Robert J. Ross, John Bateman and Hui Shi.
  • A Linguistic Ontology of Space for Natural Language Processing. John A. Bateman, Joana Hois, Robert Ross, and Thora Tenbrink


  • Tiered Models of Spatial Language Interpretation. Robert J. Ross. International Conference on Spatial Cognition 2008, Freiburg, Germany.
  • An Ontological Account of Communicative Function at the Surface Semantics Interface. Robert J. Ross. Presented at the Ninth International Conference of the European Society for the Study of English. Aarhus, Denmark, 2008.
  • Reusable Grammatical Resources for Spatial Language Processing. Robert J. Ross. Workshop on Methodologies and Resources for Processing Spatial Language. LREC 2008, Marrakech, Morocco.
  • Perspective Use and Perspective Shift in Spatial Dialogue. Juliana Goschler, Elena Andonova and Robert J. Ross. International Conference on Spatial Cognition 2008, Freiburg, Germany.


  • Towards Stratified Spatial Modeling for Communication and Navigation. R.J. Ross, C. Mandel, J. Bateman, S. Hui, U. Frese. From Sensors to Human Spatial Concepts at IROS 2006, Beijing, China.
  • Interpreting Route Instructions as Qualitative Spatial Actions. Hui Shi, Christian Mandel, Robert J. Ross. In T. Barkowsky, M. Knauff, G. Ligozat, D. R. Montello (Eds.), Spatial Cognition V, Vol. 4387, Lecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Using Generalised Dialogue Models to Constrain Information State Based Dialogue Systems, Robert J. Ross, John Bateman, Hui Shi. The Society for Text and Discourse 15th Annual Meeting. The Netherlands.
  • Formalising Control in Robust Spoken Dialogue Systems. Hui Shi, Robert Ross, John Bateman. In Bernhard K. Aichernig, Bernhard Beckert (Eds.), Software Engineering and Formal Methods 2005, pp. 332–341, IEEE. IEEE Computer Society
  • Realising Reusable Agent Behaviours with ALPHA, Collier, R., Ross, R., O’Hare, G.M.P., Multiagent System Technologies, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), Volume 3550, Springer-Verlag.
  • On the Role of Conceptual and Linguistic Ontologies in Spoken Dialogue Systems. Scott Farrar, Thora Tenbrink, John Bateman, Robert J. Ross. The Society for Text and Discourse 15th Annual Meeting. The Netherlands.
  • A Role-based Approach to Reuse in Agent-Oriented Programming, Collier, R., Ross, R., O’Hare, G.M.P., (2005), AAAI Fall Symposium on Roles, an interdisciplinary perspective (Roles 2005), November 3-6, Hyatt Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, USA.


  • Specification of an Ontology for Route Graphs. Bernd Krieg-Brückner, Udo Frese, Klaus Lüttich, Christian Mandel, Till Mossakowski and Robert Ross. In Proc. Spatial Cognition 2004 (SC`04). Chiemsee, Germany, 2004.
  • AF-APL: Bridging Principles & Practice in Agent-Oriented Languages, Ross, R., Collier, R., O’Hare, G.M.P. Programming Multi-Agent Systems, Lecturer Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), Volume 3346, Springer-Verlag.
  • Qualitative Spatial Arrangements and Natural Object Categories as a Link between 3D Perception and Speech. Reinhard Moratz, Michael Wuenstel, and Robert J. Ross. In Proceedings of 8th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Aukland, New Zealand. 2004
  • Demonstrating Social Error Recovery with AgentFactory, Ross, R, Collier, R, O'Hare, G.M.P., In 3rd International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems, New York, USA, 2004.
  • Towards Dialogue Based Shared Control of Navigating Robots. Robert Ross, Hui Shi, Tillmann Vierhuff, Bernd Krieg-Bruckner, and John Bateman. In Proc. Spatial Cognition 2004 (SC`04). Chiemsee, Germany, 2004.
  • ALPHA: A Language for Programming Hybrid Agents. Ross, R., Collier, R., O’Hare, G.M.P. In Proceedings of the 2nd European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 2004), December 16-17th, Barcelona, Spain.
  • A Safe and Robust Approach to Shared-Control via Dialogue. Bernd Krieg-Brückner, Hui Shi, Robert Ross. In Chinese Journal of Software (2004).


  • Improving Speech Recognition on a Mobile Robot Platform through the use of Top-Down Visual Cues, Ross, R.J., O'Donoghue, R.P.S. & O'Hare, G.M.P., Proceedings of 18th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-03), 9th-15th August, Acapulco, Mexico, AAAI Press, 2003.
  • Social Minded Commitment Management. Robert Ross, Rem Collier & G.M.P. O'Hare. In Proceedings of the 14th Irish Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS 2003).
  • MARC -- Applying Multi-Agent Systems to Service Robot Control. MSc Thesis. Robert J. Ross. 2003 .   pdf


  • Speaking Autonomous Intelligent Devices Robert J. Ross, Bryan McEleney, Robert Kelly, Tarek Abu-Amer, Michael Walsh, Julie Carson-Berndsen, and Gregory M.P. O'Hare. In In Proc. 13th Irish Conference on Arti cial Intelligence &  Cognitive Science 2002 (AICS 02).

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