ROBOTRONIKA - hypermatic:automagic
19 - 23 June 1998 Museumsquartier, Vienna/Austria
|Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading|
7 Dwarf Robots
These little autonomous robots sense their world by means of high frequency sound waves and can communicate with each other via infra-red signals. A corral wall stops them getting free and allows them to move around and interact with each other. In a practical demonstration it is shown how one of the robots can learn for itself how to move around in its environment, thereby exhibiting individual behaviour and characteristics. Last year one robot (in Reading) programmed another robot (in up-state new York) with what it had itself learned, without human intervention.
Faculty members at the Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading carry out research in the areas of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, in particular actually building hardware robots of all kinds. Recent successes include the World's first half-Marathon Robot, Walter and Elma six-legged walking robots and the 7-Dwarf robots.