Specialist robot research given go ahead at Unversity of Lincoln
A team from the University of Lincoln have been awarded £750,000 to help develop software for specialist robots.
It is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework programme and led by the University of Birmingham.
Professor Tom Duckett and Doctor Marc Hanheide from the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science will help develop the software to process the sheer volume of experiences the robots will encounter.
Professor Duckett said: “The idea is to create service robots that will work with people and learn from long-term experiences.
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"What’s unusual about any environment depends on the context.
“In a security scenario a robot will be required to perform regular patrols and continually inspect its surroundings for variations from its normal experiences.
“Certain changes such as finding a person in a restricted area may indicate a security violation or a burglary.
“In a care home a robot will be required to act as an assistant for elderly patients, fetching and carrying things while also being alert to incidents such as people falling over.
“It’s not just about developing a care home or security robot.
“We are trying to enable robots to learn from their long-term experience and their perception of how the environment unfolds in time.
“The technology will have many possible applications.”
Following the research period the team will perform demonstrations of their systems at science museums, public events and trade shows.
It is hoped the software solutions and theoretical concepts produced will be exploited by a variety of industries.
To see a video of the robots in operation go to http://youtu.be/YSTZfK7GtAk