Helping computers perceive human emotions

Personalized machine-learning models capture subtle variations in facial expressions to better gauge how we feel. MIT Media Lab researchers have developed a machine-learning model that takes computers a step closer to interpreting our emotions as naturally as humans do. In the growing field of “affective computing,” robots and computers are being developed to analyze facial…

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Personalized deep learning improves robots for autism therapy

Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them – distinguishing a happy face from a fearful face, for instance. To remedy this, some therapists use kid-friendly robots for autism therapy to demonstrate those emotions and to engage the children in imitating the emotions and responding to them…

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Navion computer chip makes nanodrones smarter

Researchers at MIT, who in 2017 designed a tiny computer chip called “Navion” to help honeybee-sized drones navigate, have now shrunk the chip design even further, both in size and power consumption. Navion is just 20 square millimeters in size and consumes just 24 milliwatts of power. However, the Navion chip is still able to process in real-time…

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Controlling robots with brainwaves, hand gestures

A new system spearheaded by researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) allows users to control robots using hand gestures and brainwaves. The researchers say this allows users to instantly correct a robot’s mistakes with nothing more than brain signals and the flick of a finger. Building off the team’s past work…

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ROBO Global advisory board adds MIT CSAIL director Daniela Rus

ROBO Global, creator of the first benchmark index tracking the global robotics and automation market, has expanded the strength and expertise of its advisory board with the addition of Daniela Rus, Ph.D., Professor and Director of MIT CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), one of the largest AI departments in the US. In addition to 30…

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MIT algorithm keeps data fresh for wireless networks

For wireless networks that share time-sensitive information on the fly, it’s not enough to transmit data quickly. That data also need to be fresh. Consider the many sensors in your car. While it may take less than a second for most sensors to transmit a data packet to a central processor, the age of that…

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VirtualHome simulator could teach robots about household tasks

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the University of Toronto are developing a 3D simulator that could eventually teach robots how to complete household tasks like making coffee or setting the table. “VirtualHome” is a system that simulates detailed household tasks and has artificial “agents” execute them. Using crowdsourcing, the team tested VirtualHome…

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MapLite enables autonomous vehicles to navigate unmapped roads

Navigating roads less traveled in self-driving cars is a difficult task. One reason is that there aren’t many places where self-driving cars can actually drive. Companies like Google only test their fleets in major cities where they’ve spent countless hours meticulously labeling the exact 3-D positions of lanes, curbs, off-ramps, and stop signs. “The cars…

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AutoSaw Robot Carpenter Eases Pain of Building Furniture

Have you ever built custom furniture? It can be a dangerous, expensive and tedious process. Researchers at MIT CSAIL, however, have created a robot-assisted carpentry system called AutoSaw to, hopefully one day, democratize custom furniture building. AutoSaw consists of OnShape’s CAD system, a modified Roomba Create outfitted with a circular saw and two Kuka youBots,…

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MIT researchers develop VR teleoperation robot control system

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a virtual-reality system to allow remote operation of complex robotic machinery through the use of an Oculus Rift headset, according to a report from MIT. The platform functions around a VR control room that allows the operator to control the robot by taking the…

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