University of Twente wants iCub robot learning ability of air




The University of Twente wants to get the iCub robot to the Netherlands. The researchers want to give the robot a capacity to learn and explore how the robot is controlled. By nano neural circuits The University has submitted an application for this.

The iCub is a humanoid which several European universities operate simultaneously. The robot can crawl, grab objects and archery, has facial expressions, knows when he is touched and can exert pressure. The project is completely open source, all hardware and software documentation is freely available under the GPL license.

A iCub cost a quarter of a million euros and could also be used. By the universities of Groningen, Eindhoven, Delft and Nijmegen Three quarters of the required amount is reimbursed by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research. In February it is decided whether the robot really comes to the Netherlands.

Frank van der Velde, a researcher at the University of Twente, wants the robot learning ability is provided. “The new iCub has a skin and fingers that can affect much better feel and power. This makes interaction with humans more natural. We want to ensure that this robot will learn and understand how people function.”

This accumulation of knowledge is to be possible because a robot on a specific object or person focused and so could play in the care or treatment, for example by replacing the guide dog with a robot a role. An example of self-learning is spilling when pouring a cup of coffee, which then taught how things should be.

Nor is the study of neural circuits with nano iCub a role. These are electronic circuits that a web of nerve cells in the human brain and mimic could be because there is a lot of parallel computations which can be carried out. With nano neural circuits quickly and easily carried out, for example, the visual perception of the robot used This research has yet to begin in Twente.



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