In work done at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and presented at the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence conference in Austin, Texas, Siddharth Srivastava, a scientist at the United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley, (working with Abhishek Gupta, Pieter Abbeel and Stuart Russell from UC Berkeley and Shlomo Zilberstein from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) demonstrated a robot that is capable of doing laundry without any specific knowledge of what it has to wash. The laundry task serves as an example for a wide range of daily tasks that people do without thinking but that have, until now, proved difficult for automated tools assisting humans. Read more in this discovery.
Credit: Siddharth Srivastava, Shlomo Zilberstein, Abhishek Gupta, Pieter Abbeel, Stuart Russell
Robotina is a sophisticated research robot. Specifically, it's a Willow Garage PR2, designed to work with people. Robotina has been in the interactive robotics lab of engineering professor Julie Shah since 2011, where it is one of three main robot platforms Shah's team works with. Robotina is aptly named, as an aim of the researchers is to give it many of the capabilities of Rosie, the household robot from the cartoon, "The Jetsons": to interact with humans and perform many types of work. Read more in this discovery.
Credit: Claudia Perez D'Arpino at MIT
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March 2, 2015
Worker robots that can "think" on their feet
MIT roboticists are developing smart assembly line robots that will learn from experience working alongside humans
Assembly line workers won't be swapping stories with their robotic counterparts any time soon, but future robots will be more aware of the humans they're working alongside.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), roboticist and aerospace engineer Julie Shah and her team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing next generation assembly line robots that are smarter and more adaptable than robots available on today's assembly lines. The team is designing the robots with artificial intelligence that enables them to learn from experience, so the robots will be more responsive to human behavior. The more robots can sense the humans around them and make adjustments, the safer and more effective the robots will be on the assembly line.
The research in this episode is supported by NSF award #1426799, National Robotics Initiative (NRI)/Collaborative Research: Models and Instruments for Integrating Effective Human-Robot Teams into Manufacturing.
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