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Designing emergent behaviours of (soft) robots

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Tasks that are difficult for humans are comparatively easy for robots, but those easy for humans are difficult or impossible for robots. This is the so-called Moravec’s paradox which was originally stated a few decades ago, but robotics today didn’t make much progress since then. It’s easier to build robots that can fly to Mars autonomously but probably impossible to build a robot that can pick keys out of a tight pocket. The problems of latter kinds are often not well defined in terms of state-action space, and thus we need some forms of “emergence” in the behaviours. We have been exploring how such robots can be designed and controlled by exploiting embodied intelligence of soft deformable robots, which I would like to discuss in this seminar.

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