Enabling the Sense of Self in a Dual-Arm Robot

11/13/2020 ∙ by Ali AlQallaf, et al. ∙ 6

While humans are aware of their body and capabilities, robots are not. To address this, we present in this paper a neural network architecture that enables a dual-arm robot to get a sense of itself in an environment. Our approach is inspired by human self-awareness developmental levels and serves as the underlying building block for a robot to achieve awareness of itself while carrying out tasks in an environment. We assume that a robot has to know itself before interacting with the environment in order to be able to support different robotic tasks. Hence, we implemented a neural network architecture to enable a robot to differentiate its limbs from the environment using visual and proprioception sensory inputs. We demonstrate experimentally that a robot can distinguish itself with an accuracy of 88.7 environmental settings and under confounding input signals.

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