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Modelling and Understanding Cockatoo's Mechanical Problem Solving Behavior
should be able to examine and understand previously unseen kinematic
structures, such as the furniture and devices in a kitchen. What are
good strategies for a robot to explore its environment? Could we learn
something from biological behavior to improve this aspect of our
robots? In a collaboration with colleagues from Vienna, we try to
understand how Cockatoos can learn to solve multi-step kinematic
puzzles by building models of the birds' behavior.
Description of work
We will search the literature for potential (partial) models that could explain aspects of the bird's behavior. We will then implement these models and compare them to real bird data, giving support or discarding some of our hypothesis. This process will be repeated until we converge onto a plausible set of hypotheses that could explain the real data. Alongside literature research and model testing, the thesis will also develop a taxonomy of models that will help us understand the landscape of potential models in this domain.