Tweakers Cooking, Lesson 43: the robot do the work




Not every tweaker will adore cooking, but fortunately there is help on the way. Scientists have developed a robot that can learn autonomously how to use utensils, by watching YouTube videos.

Bender robot cook Tweakers in 2002 began a series of cooking classes to help users with cooking aspirations on the way, but beyond lesson 42 (!), the series did not. In 2015 such a course seems to be superfluous because the road is paved to get robots behind the counter.

Scientists Umiacs and NICTA have a robotic system that can teach itself what movements to make it with what tools, simmering videos to watch on the Internet.

For the development of the cooks robots combined the researchers artificial intelligence, computer vision to identify accurate shapes and movements and speech recognition. The team has chosen for cooking purposes because this would be a complex matter. “If you want to cut a cucumber, you must get the knife, place it in the correct position, cutting and view the results to ensure that you have done well,” said Yiannis Aloimonos of the research team.

The special feature of the project is that the robot analyzes the need to put in the viewed actions needed to reach his goal. “Others have tried to copy movements, we are trying to copy the target,” said Aloimonos. For the learning capacity is used deep learning based on artificial neural networks. According to the scientists, their work helps to develop autonomous robots that can help for example in dismantling bombs and disaster temptations such as the Japanese Fukushima. The robot will probably not be in the short term in kitchens to cut cucumbers and frying eggs.

The research is published this week under the title Robot Manipulation Learning Action Plans by ‘Watching’ Unconstrained Videos from the World Wide Web.


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