Oh, Baby! ONR Research Links Child’s Play to Robot Learning

APRIL 8, 2016, ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) – The future of human-robot partnerships could be revolutionized by child’s play – specifically, the play of babies. A team of researchers led by Rajesh Rao, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, recently published a paper showing how robots can learn much like children – amassing data by watching adults do something, determining the goal of the action and then deciding how to perform it on their own. Rao’s work is sponsored by the ONR. Contact a Recruiter! “This is a major step in designing robots that can learn from watching humans,” said Micah Clark, a program officer in ONR’s Warfighter Performance Department who oversees Rao’s research. “It could one day result in truly intelligent machines that understand…


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