The European Union's Seventh Framework Program is funding the Strands project, which is developing software for robot brains that can be used as security guards and care assistants. University of Birmingham researcher Nick Hawes is coordinating work at eight sites taking part in the project.
The project also involves developing robots that can learn from their experiences. In addition, the robots will be able to create four-dimensional maps of their environment and detect changes in unusual situations. "Where a security robot could be really helpful is that it could notice some really small change, some really small detail, a change in the 3-D structure of the environment that a human wouldn't necessarily recognize," says University of Lincoln professor Tom Duckett.
At the end of the project, the research team will demonstrate the systems at science museums, public events, and trade shows. "We will see this technology come more and more into our everyday environments in the future as time progresses, I'm sure of that," Duckett says.
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