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Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans

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Honda's ASIMO bipedal robot.

University of Manchester researchers have found that the better a robot can balance, the better prepared it is for walking like a human.

Credit: Reza Ghorbani

Researchers at the University of Manchester in the U.K. have found that the better a robot can balance, the better prepared it will be for walking like a human.

The researchers analyzed what happens when standard algorithms for driving a self-balancing robot were replaced with those based on perceptual control theory, a model of behavior based on the principles of negative feedback that has been widely used in psychological therapies, education, and parenting interventions.

This theory was encoded into a small droid, allowing it to control what it sensed and move around more effectively than other robotic systems.

Said Manchester's Warren Mansell, "It is tantalizing to see how a scientific theory used to help people with mental health problems might actually help engineers to improve their designs of artificially intelligent devices."

From University of Manchester (U.K.)
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