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Bi-manual Learning for a Basketball Playing Robot

abstract: Sports activities have been a cornerstone in the evolution of humankind through the ages from the ancient Roman empire to the Olympics in the 21st century. These activities have been used as a benchmark to evaluate the how humans have progressed through the sands of time. In the 21st century, machines along with the help of powerful computing and relatively new computing paradigms have made a good case for taking up the mantle. Even though machines have been able to perform complex tasks and maneuvers, they have struggled to match the dexterity, coordination, manipulability and acuteness displayed by humans. Bi-manual tasks are more complex and bring in additional variables like coordination into the task making it harder to evaluate.

A task capable of demonstrating the above skillset would be a good measure of the progress in the field of robotic technology. Therefore a dual armed robot has been built and taught to handle the ball and make the basket successfully thus demonstrating the capability of using both arms. A combination of machine learning techniques, Reinforcement learning, and Imitation learning has been used along with advanced optimization algorithms to accomplish the task. / Dissertation/Thesis / Masters Thesis Engineering 2016
Date January 2016
ContributorsKalige, Nikhil (Author), Amor, Heni Ben (Advisor), Shrivastava, Aviral (Committee member), Zhang, Yu (Committee member), Arizona State University (Publisher)
Source SetsArizona State University
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeMasters Thesis
Format64 pages
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