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10 May 2011 @ 04:46 pm
Acroban Humanoid Robot  
Pierr-Yves Oudeyer gave another plenary talk on how you control/direct curiosity driven learning in Robotic systems. The talk was, I think, a little be stolen by the acroban robot. Broadly speaking Oudeyer observed that many existing robot platforms for AI experimentation are optimised for things like ease-of-changing batteries and are, in fact, quite difficult to program because their locomotor abilities are very rigid and inflexible. The Acroban robot is engineered to be a lot more "human-like" in it's mechanics, essentially with a lot of the intelligence in the mechanics itself, rather than in the software.

Cute video follows:

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