UC San Diego Aims to Create Robots That Can See, Think, and Do

Oct 30, 2015 09:03 AM EDT | By Mel Aguilar


University of California, San Diego's (UCSD) Contextual Robotics Institute formally announces today, October 29, Friday during the biggest meet of the nation's top scientists at UC San Diego to discuss the future of robotics.

UCSD's robotics institute aims to create robots capable of interpreting and doing human impressions and activities, to recognising what people see, think, and do. 

In a report by The San Diego Union- Tribune, Engineers from UCSD are planning to develop the "See- Think- Do" technology dedicated to fulfil people's everyday needs, especially for old people who may seek most the aid of technology. They also envision robots that could be very beneficial in dangerous situations such as earthquakes and other disasters, and conduct a rescue operation.

According to Albert Pisano, dean of UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, their plan is "to do the research and development that's needed to realize robots of the future - robots that are safe, useful and autonomous in any environment" which means pulling together the best engineers and social scientists to focus on the robots and their ways of interacting with people.  

UC San Diego Chancellor, Pradeep Khosla said that this initiative is due to the fact that the field of robotics is changing how people, live, work and age. The internationally renowned roboticist is on top in the creation of the new robotics institute.   

The project aimed at getting hardware and software for robot's environment recognition and analysing situations consists of more than 40 volunteer university researchers while scientists are making progress with software that is essential to a robotic system.     

While scientists and engineers in the nation have been developing wireless sensors that are wearable can be embedded in some household appliances and areas of the house. These wireless sensors can detect the actions of people like if the person is moving normally to whether they're taking prescription drugs.

It is therefore possible to create a system which consists of a software and sensors that can detect and analyse how a person is doing, then sends sms or emails to notify and alert family members. 

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