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Thursday, November 12, 2009

ShanghAI Lecture 5

This lecture is about development and learning in embodied systems. Prof. Pfeifer gave an example of the relation between physical dynamics and information processing by showing a video från University of Tokyo where researchers have developed Mowgli, the jumping robot frog. He can jump on and off of things about 20 inches high, and can even kick a soccer ball (somehow).

The jump is only controlled by the morphological structure of the robot, there is no controller needed. The robot utilizes an artificial musculoskeletal system with pneumatic muscles to perform explosive motion jumping as high as 50% the robot’s height and landing smoothly.

ECCCEROBOT (Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot) is a three-year project funded by the 7th framework programme of the EU (ICT-Challenge 2, "Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics") that has the goal to build and control the first anthropomimetic robot and finally, to investigate its human-like cognitive features.

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