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More-Flexible Machine Learning
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More-Flexible Machine Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers plan to present a machine-learning technique that enables semantically-related concepts to reinforce each other...

Learning Spoken Language
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Learning Spoken Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a machine-learning system that can learn to distinguish spoken words.

­avs Learn to Fly Solo
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­avs Learn to Fly Solo

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Robust Robotics Group want to teach unmanned aerial vehicles and other robots to think for themselves...

Object Recognition For Robots
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Object Recognition For Robots

John Leonard's group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile...

MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump
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MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump

A robotic cheetah built by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers is now the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously. 

MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots
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MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots

Researchers have developed a new approach to programming autonomous underwater vehicles that increases their "cognitive" capabilities.

Graphics in Reverse
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Graphics in Reverse

Programs of less than 50 lines in a probabilistic programming language are as effective as conventional systems for completing some standard computer-vision tasks...

Vision System For Household Robots
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Vision System For Household Robots

A new algorithm can aggregate perspectives and recognize four times as many objects as one that uses a single perspective, while reducing misidentifications. 

Vision System For Household Robots
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Vision System For Household Robots

For household robots ever to be practical, they'll need to be able to recognize the objects they're supposed to manipulate.

In One Aspect of Vision, Computers Catch ­p to Primate Brain
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In One Aspect of Vision, Computers Catch ­p to Primate Brain

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have found the most recent version of deep neural networks match the primate brain. 

More-Flexible Digital Communication
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More-Flexible Digital Communication

Researchers say they have begun to describe theoretical limits on the degree of imprecision that communicating computers can tolerate. 

Projecting a Robot's Intentions
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Projecting a Robot's Intentions

Measurable virtual reality combines ceiling-mounted projectors with motion-capture technology and animation software to project a robot's intentions in real time...

Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot ­nprecedented Dexterity
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Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot ­nprecedented Dexterity

Researchers have developed a robot equipped with tactile sensors that enable it to grasp a USB cable draped over a hook and insert it into a USB port. 

Will Tomorrow's Robots Move Like Snakes?
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Will Tomorrow's Robots Move Like Snakes?

Researchers have developed a soft robotic arm, inspired by octopus tentacles, that can snake through a pipelike environment without a human operator. 

Origami Robot Folds Itself ­p, Crawls Away
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Origami Robot Folds Itself ­p, Crawls Away

For years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots—reconfigurable robots that would be able to fold themselves into...

Think Fast, Robot
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Think Fast, Robot

One of the reasons we don't yet have self-driving cars and mini-helicopters delivering online purchases is that autonomous vehicles tend not to perform well under...

Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems
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Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems

Researchers in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, working with colleagues at the University of Washington, have developed a new computer...

Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems
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Computer System Automatically Solves Word Problems

A new computer system can automatically solve the type of word problems common in introductory algebra classes. 

Orienteering For Robots
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Orienteering For Robots

Suppose you're trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you’re using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point.

Soft Robotic Fish Moves Like the Real Thing
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Soft Robotic Fish Moves Like the Real Thing

Researchers say they have created a robotic fish that is the first self-contained autonomous soft robot capable of rapid body motion. 
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