Smart ro­bot has a hu­man touch

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Curtin University -

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.”

Visit­tel­li­gen­trobots. org/ for more in­for­ma­tion about the ro­bot­ics ac­tiv­i­ties at Curtin.

Ray­mond Sheh with Baxter the in­tel­li­gent ro­bot.

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