Training an ANN to control a Robot using a Genetic Algorithm - Walking

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The purpose of the report is to detail the process of training an Artificial Neural Network to control a robot. This report will be divided into several sections. The goal of this report is to demonstrate the ability of an ANN to control a robot. Specifically, it will stand and walk. In the previous reports, the GA was used to evolve an ideal Artificial Neural Network topology, which was then refined via backpropagation learning.


Training an ANN to control a robot using a Genetic Algorithm - Standing

#artificialintelligence

The purpose of the report is to detail the process of training an Artificial Neural Network to control a robot. This report will be divided into several sections. The goal of this report is to demonstrate the ability of an ANN to control a robot to stand. In the previous reports the GA was used to evolve an ideal Artificial Neural Network topology, which was then refined via backpropagation learning. For this report the same techniques will be applied to the process of training an ANN to control a simulated robot, referred to simBot in this report.



StartMIT's Innovation Night

MIT News

Innovators in the fields of materials chemistry, online care, natural language processing, social robotics, and venture capital shared their founders' journey and how they made impact along the way during a panel discussion at StartMIT's Innovation Night on Jan. 11 at the MIT Media Lab. Led by moderator Kym McNicholas, an Emmy Award-winning anchor/reporter/producer and entrepreneur, the cast included MIT faculty members Regina Barzilay, the Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS); Angela Belcher, the James Mason Crafts Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Biological Engineering; and Cynthia Breazeal, associate professor of media arts and sciences; as well as Donna Levin, co-founder of Care.com, entrepreneur-in-residence at the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management; and Katie Rae, founder and general partner at Project 11 Ventures. Common themes of passion and timing emerged throughout the conversation as McNicholas asked the panel about topics related to risk, research, inspiration, and failure. For Belcher, risk wasn't a factor when she decided to direct her career into the idea of genetically programming organisms to grow into electronics and batteries -- a proposal that was met with much skepticism when she was a young professor getting her start. "I didn't think of it as risky at the time.


Prepping a robot for its journey to Mars

MIT News

Sarah Hensley is preparing an astronaut named Valkyrie for a mission to Mars. It is 6 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds, and is equipped with an extended chest cavity that makes it look distinctly female. Hensley spends much of her time this semester analyzing the movements of one of Valkyrie's arms. As a fourth-year electrical engineering student at MIT, Hensley is working with a team of researchers to prepare Valkyrie, a humanoid robot also known as R5, for future space missions. As a teenager in New Jersey, Hensley loved to read in her downtime, particularly Isaac Asimov's classic robot series.