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Hung Ngo, Matthiew Luciw, Alexander Forster, and Juergen Schmidhuber (2012)

Learning Skills from Play: Artificial Curiosity on a Katana Robot Arm

In: Proc. IJCNN 2012.

Artificial curiosity tries to maximize learning progress. We apply this concept to a physical system. Our Katana robot arm curiously plays with wooden blocks, using vision, reaching, and grasping. It is intrinsically motivated to explore its world. As a by-product, it learns how to place blocks stably, and how to stack blocks.
Intrinsic Exploration; Animals; Motives; Forced Exploration; Free Exploration; Novelty.
Link to long video: http://www.idsia.ch/~ngo/ijcnn2012/katana_curiosity.html Link to short, "high impact" video: http://www.idsia.ch/~luciw/videos/katanashort.mp4