Archive for January, 2011

Insect designs for improved robot mobility

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Researchers of the Case Western Reserve University have taken insects as the source of inspiration for developing walking robots. The six-legged robot in the video below can walk on “rocky” ground and adapt its gait accordingly.

Cognitive robotics

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

How do humans learn and think? And how these theories about cognition stand up in the real world? Cognitive robotics marries the study of cognitive science, that is how the brain represents and transforms information, with the challenges the real world. Read about how theories of human cognition are tested in a cognitive robotics lab (cacm.acm.org).

Growing robots learn better

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

New research shows that intelligence needs a body (see New AI: Embodied Intelligence). Josh Bongard researches how changes in the body can affect learning processes. Bongard ran simulations of several types of robots and they each had the same goal, which is to seek out a virtual light source and evolve a walking gait to reach it (via newscientist.com).

Robot for everyday life

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) are developing a robot that will be able to communicate and act autonomously. The aim is to create a machine that can interact with humans in everyday situations.