29 Jun '12, 2pm

NEUROMORPHIC TECHNOLOGIES Child-like robot learns to speak with help from human parents #Robotics #TechNews #in

Teaching one's child to speak and hearing their first words are some of the proudest moments for parents all over the world, even if your child is a robot. That’s exactly what researchers from the University of Hertfordshire set out to do with their iCub robot in an effort to show how language-learning evolves at the infant stage (human). The team, Dr. Caroline Lyon, Professor Chrystopher Nehaniv and Dr. Joe Saunders, were looking to understand the process of how infants (from the age of 6 to 14 mos.) traverse from simply ‘babbling’ syllables to complete words in order to learn how they start to make sense of language. So they decided to use an iCub robot (more on this in a bit) to acquire that understanding. In order to mimic human infants the team programmed the robot, named ‘DeeChee’, using a specially written algorithm that uses 40,000 English-language syllables in ord...

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