MIT Robot Thinks Like Humans

Robots Navigating Like Humans

Photo:  Courtesy of  MIT




Going from A to B with a Motion Plan


MIT researchers have developed a way to enable robots to navigate environments in the same way that humans do.  In simulations the robot moves through a crowded room by exploring the environment, observing what others are doing and exploring what it's learned from other situations.

Robot with Hybrid Brain

They've done this by combining a  planning algorithm with a neural network that learns to identify paths to best outcomes and uses the knowledge to guide the robots actions.   It's a novel motion planning model.  Until now, robots have struggled with navigational concepts.

CSAIL & McGovern Brain Institute Research

The MIT researchers are from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and the McGovern Institute for brain, mind and machine research.  They just presented their discoveries to the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.  The "hybrid brain" model works by presenting a tree of possible choices until it finds the best path to reach its goal and then executes on it.