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08/24/2019 HYU News > Academics > 이달의연구자

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[Excellent R&D] Robot Brain with Robot Arms

Professor Park Tae-joon (Department of Robotics, ERICA Campus)

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AlphaGo presented one of the most famous breakthroughs in the field of AI. Nonetheless, even AlphaGo did not have hands. Professor Park Tae-joon (Department of Robotics, ERICA Campus) has started a new project to give arms to robot brains. The robot's first task will be to assemble a piece of furniture with the given paper assembly manual. It will be the first attempt in the world for AI to assemble furniture with the perfect concord of brain and body.
 
Professor Park Tae-joon (Department of Robotics, ERICA Campus) highlighted the importance of the connection between the software and hardware of a robot, mainly, its brain and body.

The robot will have two arms and four cameras for eyes. It will be given an assembly manual with the modules scattered on a worktable. Its task is to read the manual, understand the sequence, identify the modules, and assemble the modules with its hands, all by itself.
  
Park explains that the past three Industrial Revolutions changed the physical and cyber worlds, and the fourth one will break down the wall between the two. For that reason, the organic linkage between cyber and reality (AI brain and body) is crucial. “The connection between the software and hardware departments has always been weak. Our aim is to take the first step in achieving a perfect convergence of the two,” said Park.
 
The robot, with its two arms and four cameras, will read the assembly manual and assemble the scattered modules to finish a furniture.
(Photo courtesy of Park)

Park is expecting a satisfactory outcome by the end of next year. The team is making fast progress, with the voluntary participation of interested graduate students. “Robots working under this concept has never been tried before. There are many difficulties we need to overcome, but I see so many possibilities. We are paving a new way of AI,” said Park.



Lim Ji-woo        il04131@hanyang.ac.kr
Photos by Kim Ju-eun
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