Meet Astro, FAU's Smart RoboDog!

Monday, Aug 19, 2019

Using deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI), scientists from  Florida Atlantic University ’s Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory ( MPCR ) in the  Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences  at FAU’s  Charles E. Schmidt College of Science  are bringing to life one of about a handful of these quadruped robots in the world. Astro is unique because he is the only one of these robots with a head, 3D printed to resemble a Doberman pinscher, that contains a (computerized) brain.

“Our Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics laboratory team was sought out by Drone Data’s Astro Robotics group because of their extensive expertise in cognitive neuroscience, which includes behavioral, neurophysiological and embedded computational approaches to studying the brain,” said  Ata Sarajedini , Ph.D., dean of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. “Astro is inspired by the human brain and he has come to life through machine learning and artificial intelligence, which is proving to be an invaluable resource in helping to solve some of the world’s most complex problems.”

Read more on the FAU News Desk.

The Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab’s Astro dog is gaining attention around the world: 

Cnet - "Astro the robot dog kinda sorta looks like a real dog"

DailyMail - "Who is a good boy?"

New Atlas - "Astro robo-dog packs an AI-enabled "brain" in its 3D-printed head"

Tech Xplore - "Engineers show off Astro the robot dog"

Digital Trends - "Astro the dog-inspired quadruped robot can sit, lie down, and… learn?"

Geek.Com - "Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save Lives"

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