Sunday, February 8, 2009

When Robots can think

Strengthening control sensing capabilities and artificial intelligence of robots is a prime objective for a lot of the current ongoing research in robotics.

Duke's Robotics and Manufacturing Automation Laboratory (RAMA labs), headed by Professor Devendra P. Garg, conducts excessive research in various fields, including mobile sensor development and robot-World Wide Web interfacing.

The focus of the team is also on the highly significant area of Artifical intelligence, and they are currently exploring ways of using neural networks and fuzzy logic to make the robots learn from their mistakes.

The aim is to be able to successfully design an intelligent automated system, and research on Swarm intelligence and control, industrial robotics and sensor fusion research conducted at the RAMA labs is closing in on the gap to achieve that goal.

The RAMA labs also collaborate with the Army Research Office, initiated by Professor Garg and is titled "Intelligent Multi-Sensor Modeling".

For his extraordinary contributions in the field of mechanical engineering and robotics, the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) has also created an award in Professor Garg's honor called the "Devendra P.Garg Award for Intelligent Systems".

Professor Garg was also honored with the prestigious Hind Rattan Award (Jewel of India) in 2007 during the Republic Day of India in January.

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