Natural Tasking of Robots Based on Human Interaction Cues

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
The Stata Center
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

PI: Rodney A. Brooks

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Cog turns a crank
M4 robot head drawing
Kismet plays with a frog
Coco the gorilla robot

Future Deliverables

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2002 - 2003:

  1. Cog will acquire knowledge of object kinematics through actively segmentation while it observes a person using the object in a task.
  2. Cog will recognize objects it previously observed being manipulated. Given an object, Cog will mimic appropriate manipulation of the object.
  3. Additional degrees of freedom will be designed for a new robot head to provide it with the ability to express emotions.
  4. Four emergency legs or “kick stands” will be developed and mounted on Cardea. They will deploy when a “sniffer” detects software definable error conditions such as the platform starting to fall over.
  5. We will commence development of Cardea, a new robot with one arm plus end effector and one camera mounted on a Segway RMP base. Under qualified conditions, Cardea will approach a door, open the handle, enter a room and scan it.

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