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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Scientists devise 'guessing' robots

  • U.S. scientists have discovered robots able to make "educated guesses" are better predictors of their environment and are able to better navigate.
  • Purdue University engineers are developing robots that make such "educated guesses" about what lies ahead as they traverse unfamiliar surroundings.
  • A software algorithm enables the robots to make partial maps using a laser rangefinder and an odometer as they travel through an environment for the first time.
  • The robots then refer to that partial map to predict what lies ahead.
  • Easier it is for the robot to successfully navigate.
  • Reported its findings in the April issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics
Reference: http://www.robots.com/articles/viewing/scientists-devise-guessing-robots