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Researchers Have Taught Robots Self Awareness of Their Own Bodies

March 13, 2019 / RP Siegel

What if a robot had the ability to become kinematically self-aware, in essence, developing its own model, based on observation and analysis of its own characteristics? Researchers at Columbia University have developed a process in which a robot can auto-generate its own self-model, that will accurately simulate its forward kinematics, which can be run at any point in time to update and essentially calibrate the robot as it experiences wear, damage, or reconfiguration – thereby allowing an autonomous robotic control system to achieve the highest accuracy and performance. The same self-model can then be used to learn additional tasks.