Robotics and Computer Vision

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   An intelligent computer system can go a long way in reducing human labour. But if such a system can be provided with a method of actually interacting with the physical world, its usefulness is greatly increased. Robotics gives AI the means to exhibit real-world intelligence by directly manipulating their environment. That is, robotics gives the artificial mind a body.

   An essential component of robotics has to do with artificial sensory systems in general, and artificial vision in particular. While it is true that robotics systems exist (including many successful industrial robots) that have no sensory equipment (or very limited sensors) they tend to be very brittle systems. They need to have their work area perfectly lit, with no shadows or mess. They must have the parts needed in precisely the right position and orientation, and if they are moved to a new location, they may require hours of recalibration. If a system could be developed that could make sense out of a visual scene it would greatly enhance the potential for robotics applications. It is therefore not surprising that the study of artificial vision and robotics go hand-in-hand.

   The links gathered below fall into two categories. The first deal with both computer vision and robotics, and discuss current research in the areas (including their integration with each other). The second portion, for interest's sake, includes links to some commercial attempts to bring robots into the mainstream.

Research Commercial Robots
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