Unitree Go1 Quadruped Robot

Check out the NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI)’s quadruped robot demonstration, illustrating the use of reinforcement learning, which trains machines to take action without explicit instructions or corrections.

The NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI, pronounced /aɪ-faɪ/) is one of the inaugural NSF AI research institutes. The IAIFI is enabling physics discoveries and advancing foundational AI through the development of novel AI approaches that incorporate first principles and best practices from fundamental physics. It is a collaboration among MIT, Harvard, Northeastern, and Tufts, including faculty, postdocs, and grad students in both physics and computer science collaborating on innovative research at the intersection of the two fields.

The IAIFI’s quadruped robot demonstration illustrates the use of reinforcement learning, which trains machines to take action without explicit instructions or corrections. Recently, MIT and IAIFI researchers made headlines with the success of this training to get a mini cheetah robot to break speed records: https://news.mit.edu/2022/3-questions-how-mit-mini-cheetah-learns-run-fast-0317. This work also included the robot learning to adapt to variable conditions, making it more robust when deployed in the real world—a strategy expected to be relevant for making real-time adjustments in the operation of physics experiments to maximize their reach.

AI is transforming many aspects of society, including the ways that scientists are pursuing ground-breaking discoveries. For many years, physicists have been at the forefront of applying AI methods to investigate fundamental questions about the Universe. The goal of the IAIFI is to develop and deploy the next generation of AI technologies, based on the transformative idea that artificial intelligence can directly incorporate physics intelligence.

The quadruped robot demonstration is an excellent opportunity for adults and children alike to better understand the ways that machine learning and AI can be used in conjunction with the physical sciences to better understand and interact with our world (and beyond!).

Date:
Oct 9, 2022
Time:
12:00 PM
- 04:00 PM
Venue:
Kendall/MIT Open Space: Robot Petting Zoo
Location:
Kendall/MIT Open Space, Main Street, Cambridge, MA
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