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Researchers help robots think and plan in the abstract

New research shows how robots can autonomously construct abstract representations of their surroundings and use them to plan.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Researchers from Brown University and MIT have developed a method for helping robots plan for multi-step tasks by constructing abstract representations of the world around them. Their study, published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, is a step toward building robots that can think and act more like people. (more…)

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Student Spotlight: Yale entrepreneur hopes to instill confidence in young scientists

It’s the first day of school in a brand new city for Ava Margaret Avignoli, and something strange is going on.

The third-grader notices muddy footprints that lead to a secret door in the back of Corridor C. Ava decides to figure out what’s going on, and her pursuit involves asking some pointed questions, conducting science experiments, and putting together a bunch of clues. She does so wearing colorful rhinestone-studded lab goggles and a multi-colored, patterned lab coat. (more…)

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