Big data and robotics: A long history together

Big data is a big deal today. Even small companies are seeing the benefits of gathering and analyzing the staggering amounts of information that are streaming in from all kinds of online sources. Robotics was always about data, says the director of Auton Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. While the term “big data” is relatively new, the concept has long been a part of the world of robotics. “Robotics was always about data,” says Artur Dubrawski, director of Auton Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. “According to the operational definition of robotics it is about repeatedly executing the following three-stage sequence: sense, plan, act.” Sensing is needed to perceive the robot’s environment so that it is aware of what’s happening around it, but it also requires self-conscience of the robot’s current…


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