Smart robot has a human touch
CURTIN University Artificial Intelligence, robotics and cyber security specialist Raymond Sheh has an unusual ‘friend’.
The head of the university’s computing department Intelligent Robots Group is friends with Baxter the intelligent robot who he and colleagues in the US and Europe have collaborated to create and refine.
Dr Sheh said Baxter Robots were a new generation of intelligent manufacturing and research robot designed to work with humans, detecting their presence and reacting to their touch.
He is leading the development and implementation of new solutions to open problems in advanced intelligent robotics research.
“Traditional industrial robots must operate in areas where humans are excluded, but Baxter has been designed to work safely alongside humans,” Dr Sheh said.
“Through the efforts of researchers and students, Baxter will be able to sense and learn about its environment and tasks, and adapt to changes in its surroundings.
“It will even discover new and better ways of performing its tasks, explain what it has discovered to its human colleagues, and justify its actions.
“It will also be able to measure its performance and quantitatively describe ways in which it is improving its ability to sense and act within its environment.”
Visit www.intelligentrobots. org/ for more information about the robotics activities at Curtin.
Raymond Sheh with Baxter the intelligent robot.