A team from Florida Atlantic University's Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory (MPCR) in the Centre for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences in Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science have created the seeing and hearing robodog, which is "learning" in the same way regular dogs are - being trained.
Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., dean of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, said: "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 behavioural, neurophysiological and embedded computational approaches to studying the brain. 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."
The robot dog has been fitted with sensors, high-tech radar imaging, cameras and a directional microphone and is already able to respond to commands such as "sit", "stand" and "lie down".
It is hoped with more training, the robodog will be able to respond to hand signals, detect different colours, understand different languages as well as distinguish human faces and recognise other dogs.