Novel Model May Help Robots Navigate More Like Humans
As robots may struggle with navigational concepts, a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have devised a new way to help them navigate environments more as humans do. The novel motion-planning model lets robots determine how to reach a goal by exploring the environment, observing other agents, and exploiting what they’ve learned before in similar situations.
“Just like when playing chess, these decisions branch out until (the robots) find a good way to navigate. But unlike chess players, (the robots) explore what the future looks like without learning much about their environment and other agents,” said co-author Andrei Barbu from the varsity. “The thousandth time they go through the same crowd is as complicated as the first time,” Barbu added.