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The iCub humanoid robot.

Implementing the cognitive process of the human brain in robots could help the next version of the iCub robot learn from its experiences.

Credit: Foundazione Italia

University of Twente (UT) researchers are implementing the cognitive process of the human brain in robots, and the research could lead to the development of the latest version of the iCub robot.

"The application of cognition in technical systems should also mean that the robot learns from its experiences and the actions it performs," says UT researcher Frank van der Velde. "A simple example: a robot that spills too much when pouring a cup of coffee can then learn how it should be done."

The newest version of the robot will have haptic sensors and costs 250,000 euros. "The new iCub has a skin and fingers that have a much better sense of touch and can feel strength," which makes interaction with humans more natural, according to van der Velde.

The researchers also are developing electronic circuits that resemble a web of neurons in the human brain. "In combination with the iCub robot, it can be investigated how the experiences of the robot are recorded in such materials and how the robot is controlled by nano-neural circuitry," van der Velde says.

From University of Twente (Netherlands)
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