Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Direct 3D Robot Control

Robert Kass came to our department yesterday and gave a talk on Bayesian curve fitting and neuron firing rates modeling. During his presentation, he showed a segment of video from one of his collaborators' lab in which a monkey was shown to control a robot arm through its thoughts. The monkey's desire to eat were sensed by neuron sensors on its head and translated by some computational algorithm. Dr. Kass mentioned that similar experiements have been planned where the method developped by his colleagues and him were to be used in the translation. It is moments like this that make doing applied statistics rewarding.

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