Cornell University Programming Robots to Anticipate Human Activity

Posted on May 29, 2013

Cornell University is trying to train robots to anticipate human activity and intervene to help. For example, if the robot sees a human heading to the refrigerator, then the robot can open the fridge door for the human. If the robot notices a person's cup is almost empty they can refill it. There are complex algorithms involved in having a robot anticipate what a human is about to do. The L.A. Times reports that the algorithm for this PR2 robot was built after studying 120 videos of 10 common activities. Take a look:

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