Dec 10, 2023

Using hierarchical generative models to enhance the motor control of autonomous robots

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To best move in their surrounding environment and tackle everyday tasks, robots should be able to perform complex motions, effectively coordinating the movement of individual limbs. Roboticists and computer scientists have thus been trying to develop computational techniques that can artificially replicate the process through which humans plan, execute, and coordinate the movements of different body parts.

A research group based at Intel Labs (Germany), University College London (UCL, UK), and VERSES Research Lab (US) recently set out to explore the motor control of using hierarchical generative models, computational techniques that organize variables in data into different levels or hierarchies, to then mimic specific processes.

Their paper, published in Nature Machine Intelligence, demonstrates the effectiveness of these models for enabling human-inspired motor control in autonomous robots.

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