A Researcher Helps Robots To Solve Problems

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A researcher at the Australian National University is building software to help robots make better decisions and empathize.

There have been a lot of advancements in the field of robotics and automation. Today robots can solve critical problems, can learn new things, can speak, can rescue from dangerous environments, and many more things. All of this is due to constant progress in the field of Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Researcher Hanna Kurniawati at the Australian National university is helping robots to solve problems and care. She has shaped the way Ai works in everyday lives. Her contributions have been recognized by a major global prize. 

She has spent much time researching ways to develop smarter and more reliable robots that can not only think like us, but empathize too.

“I think there needs to be a differentiation as to whether artificial intelligence (AI) and robots are behaving ethically and whether the development of AI and robots is done ethically,” Associate Professor Kurniawati says.

“We are looking into this exact issue by trying to develop AI and robots that can account for the concerns of others, which is the first step towards empathy.”

She and her colleagues are trying to build software systems to help robots make right decisions in situations where problem solving is required.

“We developed an effective algorithm to help the robot make the best possible decisions when faced with a number of puzzling scenarios while also being able to understand the consequences of its decisions,” she says.

This work of theirs was used to instruct robots on how to move the objects, integrating the aircraft collision avoidance tech in planes, etc. thirteen years later.

Associate Professor Kurniawati says the future focus of AI will be how researchers create systems that allow robots to work hand-in-hand with humans.


 

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