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August 2001. News and Events -Week 5-
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A robotic child!

John Weng, a robotics expert at Michigan State University here, is teaching a robot to learn like a child -- to obey spoken commands, trundle down a hall, find and pick up toys with its mechanical hand.
Named SAIL (for Self-organizing Autonomous Incremental Learner), Weng's robot-in-training wanders the halls of Michigan State's Engineering Building, responding to touch, voices and what it "sees"' with its stereoscopic vision system. It works something like AIBO, the robotic toy dog from Sony Corp. that responds to pats on the head, but on a vastly more sophisticated level.

A virtual child: Hal

He likes bananas, toys and playing in the park. He especially enjoys bedtime stories. "Hal" is like any 18-month-old toddler. But while other children are flesh and blood, Hal is actually a chain of algorithms -- a computer program that is being raised as a child and taught to speak through experiential learning, the same way human children learn.
"He is a curious, very clever child, someone that always wants to know more," said neuro-linguist Dr. Anat Treister-Goren, who is Hal's "mommy" and readily admits her attachment to her virtual child.

Eurospeech 2001

The 7th European Conference On speech communication and technology "Eurospeech 2001" will be held on 3-7 September 2001 in Aalborg, Denmark.
It is the seventh biennial conference of ISCA - the International Speech Communication Association (formerly known as ESCA, the European Speech Communication Association).
This conference is a medium to develop the co-operation between all scientists around the world who are actively involved in speech and spoken language research and development.
Topics of interest include: speech perception, speech recognition and understanding, speech generation and synthesis, etc.

Semiconductor using brain cells

The world's first semiconductor circuit that uses neurons from a living creature has been constructed. Individual nerve cells from a snail were immobilized on a by microscopic picket fences.
It was possible to record electric measurements from the silicon chip, said Dr. Peter Fromherz of the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich. This means, he explained, that long-term studies of neuronal computation will be possible when suitable networks are grown on the chips and when chips with more contact sites are used.

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