IFOMIND: Smartest Robot of 2005

Posted 21 Jan 2006 at 05:12 UTC by steve Share This

Professor David Bell and his team from the Knowledge & Data Engineering Group at Queens University in Belfast created IFOMIND, a small robot based on the Khepera hardware platform. IFOMIND exhibits life-like intelligent behavior when exploring its environment. When it encounters an unknown object, it is at first fearful but studies the object from a distance until determining if it is safe to approach. The robot remembers what it has learned about objects and uses that information to guide its behavior in future encounters. IFOMIND's behavior proved impressive enough to garner the 2005 Fourth British Computer Society's Annual Prize for Progress towards Machine Intelligence. For more on IFOMIND and the runners up, see the Physorg article, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Robot and the Queen's University press release.

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