National Academies advisory: April 24 Symposium on Robot Learning

At this public symposium, which will take place during the 143rd annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists will present research on how robots can learn and adapt to their environment, a development that could yield applications ranging from robotic missions in space to therapy for autism.


  • AYANNA HOWARD, associate professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, will focus on space robotics research, in which mobile robots must learn how to perform operations in an unknown, uncertain, and hazardous environment.

  • BRIAN SCASSELLATI, assistant professor, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., will present research on humanoid robots that learn to use social cues to interact with people. His research group uses these robots to evaluate how infants acquire social skills and to aid in understanding disorders of social development, such as autism.

  • PETER STONE, assistant professor, University of Texas, Austin, will provide an overview of the field of robot learning and present research on enabling legged robots to autonomously learn how to walk quickly.

DETAILS: Monday, April 24, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the National Academies building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public, but those who wish to attend must register online at Reporters who wish to attend must register online or call Maureen O'Leary at 202-334-2138. For more about the annual meeting visit


Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Apr 2016
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