Wednesday, December 16, 2009

More research notes for the future

Notes not for today, but maybe tomorrow.

Catch phrase:
Physically rich intelligence and autonomy.

Research topics:
* Domestic robots.
* Learning and control of many sensors and actuators.
* Dynamic environments. Real-time control. Anytime algorithms.
* Life-long learning. Many concepts to relate and scale.

* World simulator. Parameterized, articulation, fluids, particles, sound and light tracing. The higher fidelity, the better.
* Miniature off-the-shelf humanoids (such as the Aldebaran Nao) with many actuators and sensors.
* Build on and in support of low-end computers, though allow scalability.

* Open-source, liberally-licensed, productized-quality software projects.
* Publicly accessible research, both in software (WebGL?) and articles/documentation.
* Support a few grad students and as much academic freedom for them as possible.


  1. Another catch phrase? "Instant decision making in the context of lifelong learning."

  2. For reference, I made that phrase up just this morning. It leaves on the "physically rich" aspect, though. Maybe could fit that in somehow.

  3. Maybe "Instant decision making based on physically rich, lifelong learning"? That "context" word underemphasized the focus on the learning itself.

  4. Also, lifelong/longitudinal learning is very important for learning good priors/bias instead of expecting those to be human engineered.