Monday, April 27, 2009

‘Marco Polo’ Game Develops Robot Control, Search Techniques

Scientists have used a popular kids’ swimming pool game to guide their development of a system for controlling moving robots that can autonomously detect and capture other moving targets. Engineers from Duke University and the University of New Mexico have used the simple pursuit-evasion game “Marco Polo” to solve a complex problem—namely, how to create a system that allows robots to not only “sense” a moving target, but intercept it. Such systems have broad applications, ranging from security systems to track unwanted intruders like enemy ships or burglars, to systems that create radiation or environmental hazard maps, or even track endangered species. The main challenge facing researchers is developing the artificial intelligence to control the robots and their sensors without direct human guidance. The goal of… View this post

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