Robot overcomes uncertainty to retrieve buried objects

Fadel Adib, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Signal Kinetics group in the MIT Media Lab (far left) with (from left to right) Tara Boroushaki, Nazish Naeem, and Laura Dodds, research assistants in the Signal Kinetics group. Credit: James Day, MIT Media Lab

For humans, finding a lost wallet buried under a pile of items is pretty straightforward—we simply remove things from the pile until we find the wallet. But for a robot, this task involves complex reasoning about the pile and objects in it, which presents a steep challenge.


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