Eye Robot

By Lynnette Hoffman

Robots that can assemble cars, load shipping containers, explore planets and vacuum homes are already a reality.

“In all these cases, robots are either teleoperated by humans or scripted to work in a controlled environment like a factory,” says Stephen Gould of the ANU and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision.

“For robots to be autonomous, they need to be able to see.”

There are many challenges involved, but ARC researchers are edging closer.

“Instead of programming a computer to recognise objects, we program them to learn by themselves.

Then we show them lots of examples of different types of objects,” Stephen says.

“Eventually, they learn to recognise new objects by themselves.”

This research could lead to things like self-driving cars, as well as robots that help on construction sites, monitor the environment and assist in search and rescue missions.

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