Researchers give an “autobiographical memory” to Nao

inserm_autobiographical memory robotUnable to send a technician to the International Space Station at the slightest failure. Repair or replace a particular component can be long and difficult, technicians not to attend the astronauts not in their task. If these repairs are too complex to be done by a humanoid robot, researchers at the Institute stem cell and brain Lyon envisioned transforming the Robonaut 2, the humanoid serving in the International Space Station, trainer. The concept has been validated on land, a small Nao robot.

A memory of gestures and situations for robots

The team of research Peter Ford Dominey, CNRS research director calls his approach the “autobiographical memory”. Its team of researchers from the Institute stem cell and brain of the Inserm / Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 have implemented this memory allows us to remember the events already experienced and date in a Nao robot.

Nao in full phase of apprenticeship with Peter Ford Dominey(Photo : © Inserm/Patrice Latron)

Just show the robot how to perform the repair by literally taking him by the hand. It will then be able to show a human how to carry out the repair.

The scenario tested in the “proof of concept” led by researchers with their Nao Lyon consisted of a fault on an electronic map. The scientist showed the robot how to perform the repair what Nao then repeated it in motion stored in a biographical memory. Next step, repeat the experiment in zero gravity before perhaps transform Robonaut 2 to the ISS in space trainer. By then, the approach could be applied to land, especially for use as a memory aid for the elderly.

Translation : Google Translate
Source : “Un robot humanoïde capable de transmettre des connaissances entre les équipages de stations spatiales”, Communiqué de presse CNRS, 3 septembre 2015

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