“Toward Intelligent Humanoids”

We, the robotics group at IDSIA, are proud to announce the release of our new video Toward Intelligent Humanoids (aka The Story of Several Nerds and Their Adorable Baby Robot), which we invite you to view at our new IDSIA Robotics website: http://robotics.idsia.ch/im-clever/ (embed after the jump)

“Toward Intelligent Humanoids” is about our ongoing efforts to apply AI algorithms to create autonomous, adaptive, intelligent behaviors on a humanoid robot. It explains many of the problems that humanoids pose with respect to state of the art AI approaches, and it introduces some of our solutions to these problems. On our webpage you can find the details and science behind this video: http://robotics.idsia.ch/im-clever/

As part of the yearly review for our EC funded IM-CLeVeR project, we produced a video highlighting our work on the technologies, architectures and algorithms required to give an iCub robot more human-like abilities. This includes the ability to reason about and manipulate its local environment, and in the process, to acquire new skills that can be applied to future problems.

A bit more info:
The iCub robot is an open-source humanoid platform developed during the RobotCub project and now mainly developed by the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). More than 20 laboratories worldwide are using the iCub platform in research areas such as human-robot interaction, computer reasoning, motion planning and “socially aware robotics”.

In the embedded video (yeah, it’s 13 minutes), we try to describe motivations, challenges and successes during this project, in such diverse fields as computer vision, motion planning, “reflex” behaviors and reinforcement learning. The video was shot and produced by Tomás Donoso who spent a month in our lab this summer and hopefully learned a few things about robots. We surely learnt a lot about making movies…

With this video we hope to provide the public with some factual information about the state of the art in humanoid robotics, in contrast to the Hollywood version of the story. Moreover, by voicing our support for the iCub humanoid robot as a research platform, we hope to generate some interest in open source robotics among young researchers in Computer Science and Engineering.

We hope you find “Toward Intelligent Humanoids” entertaining and informative, and we invite you to share it with your friends!

UPDATE Oct25: more than 2000 views & the European Union tweeted about it!
UPDATE Oct24: Whoa, more than 1000 views on the first day! THANKS!

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