Artificial Intelligence Research at UAlbany
Monday, May 10, 1
-4 p.m. event features robot demonstrations and
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 7, 2004) -- The University
at Albany Institute for Informatics, Logics and
Security Studies (ILS) will present RoboShow,
a series of student research demonstrations and
seminars on advanced robotics. RoboShow features
demonstrations of Sony AIBO robotic dogs, programmed
by UAlbany researchers with artificial intelligence
code, performing such autonomous tasks as navigating
a maze, playing soccer, following directions,
and conversing with humans.
The demonstration grew from Computer Science
Professor Tomek Strzalkowski's Robotics Seminar.
"SONY's AIBO is a mass produced robot that
can walk, talk and listen, but while these capabilities
are impressive, today's robots still can't effectively
communicate with people," he said. "The
course offered a tremendous opportunity to embed
research on intelligent systems into these autonomous
robotic devices. With it, we are beginning a new
wave of robotics research at UAlbany."
During the show, a team of AIBO robot dogs will
play a soccer game, each AIBO broadcasting information
about its location and state to all other AIBOs
as the team collaborates to score a goal. The
demonstration will also include two or more AIBOs
in unopposed charges toward the goal.
Another AIBO will "talk" and answer
spoken questions. The AIBO, through a neural network
vision system, will try to detect the location
of the speaker's face and turn its head to talk
face-to-face, and will perform simple tasks assigned
by the speaker. The goal of the exercise is to
demonstrate how robots might detect human speech
and synchronize their own "speech" in
conjunction with appropriate motion.
A third demonstration will focus on AIBOs navigating
a simulated office building maze environment.
On receiving a simple sequence of verbal instructions,
the AIBO will move through the maze, avoiding
obstacles, recognizing environments (such as hallways
to the right and left), and successfully integrating
high level movement strategies with sensors and
In addition to the robotic demonstrations, Carnegie
Mellon University (CMU) instructor Scott Lenser
will lecture on the common robotics problem of
noisy sensor data, and UAlbany School of Information
Science and Policy Professor Huahai Yang will
discuss robot navigation and spatial knowledge
"This show is the first of what will be
many public demonstrations showing the progress
UAlbany is making in using state-of-the-art equipment
to develop robotic artificial intelligence,"
said ILS research aide and show organizer Robert
RoboShow, Monday, May 10, in Social Sciences
Building rooms 259 and 262 on the uptown campus,
is free and open to the public. CMU's Scott Lenser
will lecture 1-2 p.m.; robot demonstrations will
be held 2-3 p.m.; and UAlbany's Huahai Yang will
lecture 3-4 p.m.