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UC Berkeley researchers created an artificial intelligence, or AI, software that gives robots the ability to grasp and move objects smoothly, making it possible for them to eventually assist in warehouses.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand of online retail while also reducing the ability for warehouse workers to fulfill orders, according to UC Berkeley postdoctoral researcher and primary author of the study Jeffrey Ichnowski.
In response, Ichnowski and Ken Goldberg, the campus William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering and senior author of the study, collaborated with graduate student Yahav Avigal and undergraduate student Vishal Satish to create an AI software with a deep learning neural network. This AI function allows robots to use data learned from examples to approximate how to execute an action in different situations, which gives robots the ability to assist with warehouse tasks, Ichnowski said.
“There is a huge demand for this robotic operation in warehouses; however, automating robots to do warehouse tasks usually done by humans can be difficult,” Ichnowski said. “So what we had to do was find a way to create a repetitive process for robots to pick up different objects and place them somewhere else rapidly.”
This AI …
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