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Rebel Robot Helps Researchers Understand Human-Machine Cooperation

By University of Bristol News

October 29, 2019

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Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed a handheld robot that predicts a user's plans, and then frustrates the user by rebelling against those plans, demonstrating an understanding of human intention.

The robots hold knowledge about the task at hand, and can help the user through guidance, fine-tuned motion, and decisions about task sequences.

While the technology helps fulfill tasks quicker and with higher accuracy, users can get irritated when the robot's decisions are not in line with their own plans.

The team used a prototype that can track the user's eye gaze, along with machine learning, to derive short-term predictions about intended actions.

The team trained the robot using a set of over 90 training examples from a pick and place task carried out by volunteers.

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