Researchers develop humanoid robotic system to teach Tai Chi

Assistant Professor Zhi Zheng demonstrates some of the coordinated moves of her NAO Robot, programmed to teach tai chi to older adults. The work is part of a larger research project to assess how integrating technology can impact cognitive functions. Credit: Rochester Institute of Technology

Zhi Zheng’s robot is skilled at Tai Chi, and her research team hopes it will soon lead a class of older adults at a local community center. Her robot is more than a cute companion. It can help improve cognitive function and provide insights about how people interact with robots in various settings.

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