DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC)

DARPA has announced the nine winners of its Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC). The VRC, which ran from the 17th to the 21st of this month, was the first of three events that make up the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) and tasked the 26 competing teams with developing software that would enable a disaster response robot to quickly and successfully perform…

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Teaching a humanoid robot new behaviors

  This work proposes newly an incremental motion learning algorithm through kinesthetic teachings and a new motion production algorithm by combining learned motions in a humanoid robot. The proposed algorithms are useful to enrich producible motions by a humanoid robot. The learning algorithm consists of time alignment, data integration, dimensional reduction, parameter initialization in the Gaussian mixture model (GMM) of…

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