One of the most fundamental aspects of living systems is their ability to be self-sustaining: Processes such as self-reflection and self-modeling play a key role in cognitive adaptation; self-healing and self-replication play a key role in morphological adaptation. Yet most current robotic systems are externally programmed, designed and fabricated. This talk will describe a series of projects that explore processes that allow for autonomous adaptation through self analysis and assembly. The talk will describe an approach to adaptive behavior based on self-modeling, where a system continuously evolves multiple simulators of itself in order to make useful predictions. For adaptive morphology, a number of projects relating to bottom-up and top-down automated robot assembly will be shown.
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|The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.|
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