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CSE Ph.D. student Cynthia Matuszek in New Scientist

“Typically, robots respond well to precise instruction sets but they are flummoxed if their instructions are given in the fuzzy, everyday language so beloved by humans. Now, a team at the University of Washington in Seattle has developed translation software which could enable robots to understand a set of natural-language directions …

Cynthia Matuszek and her colleagues used the principles of machine translation – commonly used online to translate text of one language into another – to develop a navigation program for robots. Machine translation tools are designed to learn from previous efforts, improving their accuracy through experience.”

Read “Parlez-vous robot?” here.

April 21, 2010