Even if you put science fiction aside, it’s not hard to imagine a seemingly endless number of real-world applications for robotic technology. But have you ever wondered how a robot learns to perform its duties?
In this video, a robot learns to flip a pancake using “reinforcement learning” after having been guided through the move by a trainer (who used “kinesthetic teaching”). It takes about 50 somewhat hilarious attempts before the Barrett WAM 7 DOF manipulator gets the knack of it.
The work is being done by Dr. Petar Kormushev and Dr. Sylvain Calinon at the Advanced Robotics department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genova, Italy.