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Scientists in Lincoln are working on a new robot that could soon be working alongside security guards and care home workers. Yes - Linda - as she's known - walks, talks and even bats her eyelids as she travels around buildings checking everything is where it should be.
And it's her attention to detail that means very little gets past her as James Webster has been finding out.
One of the researchers who is programming 'Linda', a new robot that could work alongside security guards, says she travels around buildings observing things and learning what happens when. Tom Krajnik is fine tuning her settings to accurately issue warnings if security may have been breached:
The scientist in charge of a project to develop the software to control robots to work alongside humans in security or care home situations says the devices learn about their surroundings. Professor Tom Duckett explains how the robots build up a picture of the buildings they are operating inside:
This is Linda. She is training to become a security guard. The robot is being developed at the University of Lincoln to patrol offices and other buildings looking for any items or people that are out of place. She can then be programmed to call a human security guard to check out the intruder.
Scientists who are developing the software that enables Linda to 'learn' about her environment, including what people do in each room and when, say she will not replace traditional security guards. Instead she is designed to work alongside the human staff to make more detailed checks on rooms.
The University of Lincoln is part of the team working to create intelligent mobile robots. The £7.2 million project involves security company G4S Technology Ltd and Austrian care home provider, the Academy of Ageing Research, where the technology developed during the scheme will be tested.
Academics at the University of Lincoln are working to create mobile robots which will learn to interact and work in the real world. The multi-million pound project aims to develop robots which can operate intelligently and independently.
The robots will be taught to gain an understanding of 3D space and learn how this space changes over periods of time, from milliseconds to months.
The University of Lincoln will help develop the software which will process the sheer volume of experiences the robots will encounter.