'Eccerobot', the first anthropomimetic robot torso, designed as a means of investigating machine consciousness by closely modeling the device's skeletal and internal structure to that of humans. Earlier this year, new machinery framework for 'eccerobot' was awarded 1st place at the international cultural and academic meeting of engineering students. The development of 'Eccerobot' is led by robotics specialist Owen holland with the ETF robotics research group at the university of Belgrade.
'standard humanoid robots mimic the human form, but the mechanisms used in such robots are very different from those in humans, and the characteristics of the robots reflect this. this places severe limitations on the kinds of interactions such robots can engage in, on the knowledge they can acquire of their environment, and therefore on the nature of their cognitive engagement with the environment.' - the ETF research team
The most recent updates to 'Eccerobot' involve developing higher-level cognitive functioning, using reinforcement learning as a means of 'teaching' the device new functions. a virtual simulation of reinforced learning techniques.
demo of 'eccerobot' in motion, at FET (european future technologies) 2011
introductory demo to 'eccerobot', including how it is constructed
The mot recent video that features the renderings of the Eccerobot