And that tracks with the way our motor circuits work—we’re not that complicated.
Robotics & Autonomy
Simple neural networks outperform the state-of-the-art for controlling robotic prosthetics
How evolution overshot the optimum bone structure in hopping rodents
Bones that are separate in small jerboas are fully fused in large ones, but the bone structures that are best at dissipating the stresses of jumping are only partially fused.
Walking and slithering aren’t as different as you think
New mathematical model links up slithering with some kinds of swimming and walking, and it could make programming many-legged robots easier.
‘Fake’ data helps robots learn the ropes faster
A way to expand training data sets for manipulation tasks improves the performance of robots by 40% or more
$1M for open-source first-responder robots
An open-source perception and movement system, to be developed with NSF funding, could enable robots that partner with humans in fires and disaster areas.
Helping robots learn what they can and can’t do in new situations
What should a robot do when it cannot trust the model it was trained on?