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Researchers Have Developed A Robot That Knows When You Need a Refill

by Rukmani Krishna on June 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM
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 Researchers Have Developed A Robot That Knows When You Need a Refill

Two Indian researchers have helped develop a robot, which offers a helping hand to humans by anticipating their action. The researchers are from Cornell's Personal Robotics Lab.

However, understanding when and where to pour a beer or knowing when to offer assistance opening a refrigerator door can be difficult for a robot because of the many variables it encounters while assessing the situation.

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Gazing intently with a Microsoft Kinect 3-D camera and using a database of 3D videos, the Cornell robot identifies the activities it sees, considers what uses are possible with the objects in the scene and determines how those uses fit with the activities.

The robot then generates a set of possible continuations into the future - such as eating, drinking, cleaning, putting away - and finally chooses the most probable.
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As the action continues, the robot constantly updates and refines its predictions.

"We extract the general principles of how people behave," said Ashutosh Saxena, Cornell professor of computer science and co-author of a new study tied to the research.

"Drinking coffee is a big activity, but there are several parts to it," he said.

The robot builds a "vocabulary" of such small parts that it can put together in various ways to recognize a variety of big activities, he explained.

Saxena will join Cornell graduate student Hema S. Koppula as they present their research at the International Conference of Machine Learning, June 18-21 in Atlanta, and the Robotics: Science and Systems conference June 24-28 in Berlin, Germany.

In tests, the robot made correct predictions 82 percent of the time when looking one second into the future, 71 percent correct for three seconds and 57 percent correct for 10 seconds.

Source: ANI
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