Professor Sylvain Calinon and his robotics group at the Italian Institute of Technology (Photo: IIT)
Italian researchers have developed a robot that can be taught to build an IKEA table (Photo: IIT)
Teaching a robot how to deal with real-world problems is a challenging task. There has been much progress in building robots that can precisely repeat individual tasks with a level of speed and accuracy impossible for human craftspeople. But there are many more tasks that could be done if robots could be supplied with even a limited amount of judgement. A robotics group led by Professor Sylvain Calinon at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is making progress in solving this problem.
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