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How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

By Texas Advanced Computing Center

January 25, 2021

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Computer scientists at the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) are using generative adversarial networks (GANs) to train robots about objects.

Such training typically requires a large dataset of images, but GANs can create a potentially limitless amount of data with which to train a robot in just seconds.

The researchers developed PCGAN, the first conditional GAN to generate dense colored point clouds in an unsupervised mode.

In an evaluation of 5,000 random samples for each object class, the researchers determined PCGAN can synthesize high-quality point clouds for a disparate array of object classes.

Said UT Arlington's William Beksi, "We're starting small, working with objects, and building to a hierarchy to do full synthetic scene generation that would be extremely useful for robotics."

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