Computer algorithms are going to be used for a new study which will benefit manufacturing, environmental management and aged health. These algorithms are usually used to enable robots for intelligent navigation and this time it will be used by a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researcher.
The research is a \”very Frankenstein type of project\”, as explained by the researcher, Michael Milford. In this research project Milford will link human eyes to the brain of a rat. As mentioned by ZDNet, the researcher said, “What we will be doing is using software to create a model of two different brains. One half will be a software model of the map of space that a rodent has, and the other half will be a software model of how human vision works.” While a rat\’s brain memory is strong, humans possess strong eyesight. So, as Milford explains further, if the two pieces of software are plugged in together on a robot then it can be phenomenal. This research can also bring out an alternative solution for navigation technology or GPS.
As ZDNet quotes Milford further, \”The big problem with today is we\’re predominately dependent on GPS, which is from satellites, but as soon as you go underground or step in doors, that doesn\’t work really well anymore. There\’s also been stuff using Wi-Fi network to work out where you are. What we\’re trying to really do is use this camera-based technology to augment these existing systems so that we have a navigation system in your car or on your phone that works anywhere, as opposed to only in certain conditions.\” This project is a collaborative one which will involve QUT, the University of Queensland, and other international institutions, including Harvard, Boston, and Antwerp universities.
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