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posted on 25.07.2012, 12:57 by Ibrahim S. Tholley, Qinggang MengQinggang Meng, Paul Chung
How can we make robots learn how to dance? How do humans learn to dance? An emerging culture of dancing robots is becoming more prominent in the research community with more emphasis on how we can show of our own creativity rather than allowing the robots to develop their own cognitive and psychological behaviours to the music being played. There are many different types of music and indeed, many different robots and many ways, in which they can dance to music however, much of the work carried out in this field concern limiting robots to dance in particular ways to a specific music and no adaptive behaviour implemented in them to be able to respond intuitively to music in general. We propose in this paper, a way in which such a problem can begin to be looked into, by introducing fundamental things that should be learnt that are necessary for dancing. We programmed a virtual robot to learn to dance to the beat as well as recognise the downbeat of any time-signature and tailor its movements to the loudness of music, using the Sarsa and the Sarsa(lambda) algorithms from reinforcement learning as the learning framework. Experimental results show that it is possible to make robots learn to dance to these fundamental rhythmic features of music.



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THOLLEY, I.S., MENG, Q. and CHUNG, P.W.H., 2009. Towards a learning framework for dancing robots. IN: Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, Christchurch, New Zealand, Vols 1-3, pp. 1581 - 1586




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