Brooks, Rodney

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Proffessor Brooks’ research is concerned with both the engineering of intelligent robots to operate in unstructured environments, and with understanding human intelligence through building humanoid robots. He once said "My burning question is what is it that lets matter transcend itself to become living".


[edit] A Different Approach to AI

Realizing that the traditional top-down approach (building the biggest brain possible and programming it for every anticipated contingency) had not been very effective, Rodney Brooks developed a bottom up approach in which the robot learns in the same way that we do, by trial-and-error.

He and his colleagues began to built robots using what Professor Brooks called Subsumption Architecture, a hierarchical, behavior based, reactive approach to machine intelligence.

It should be noted that Mark Tilden once considered using BEAM as the lowest layer of a subsumption architecture based robot.

[edit] Book & Publication Subjects

Rodney Brooks has published a number of papers and books on such subjects related too:

  • Path planning
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Model-based computer vision
  • Active vision
  • Planetary exploration
  • Cyborg insects

[edit] Credentials

  • Panasonic Professor of Robotics at MIT
  • Co-founder / Chief Technical Officer of iRobot Corp
  • Member of the ”National Academy of Engineering” (NAE)
  • A Founding Fellow of the “Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence” (AAAI)
  • A Fellow of the ”American Academy of Arts & Sciences” (AAAS)
  • A Fellow of the ”American Association for the Advancement of Science” (the other AAAS)
  • A Fellow of the “Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • A Foreign Fellow of the “Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering” (ATSE)
  • Corresponding Member of the ”Australian Academy of Science” (AAS).
  • Co-founding editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision
  • Winner of the “Computers and Thought Award” at the 1991 IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence)
  • A member of the editorial boards of various journals including:
    • Adaptive Behavior, Artificial Life
    • Applied Artificial Intelligence
    • Autonomous Robots
    • The International Journal of Humanoid Research
    • New Generation Computing

Proffessor Brooks’ also starred as himself in the 1997 Errol Morris movie " Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" (named for one of his scientific papers), a Sony Classics picture, available on DVD. See a short clip ‘’’Here’’’

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