AILA is a humanoid robot used by researchers to study mobile manipulation, robot perception, and AI. It's learning to perform tasks in human environments and training to become an astronaut.
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AILA stands for Artificial Intelligence Lightweight Android.
Frank Kirchner started building legged robots as a tool to study machine learning and artificial intelligence in the 1990s, first as a researcher at the University of Bonn, Germany, and later at Northeastern University, in the United States. Now the head of the Robotics Innovation Center at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Kirchner created the humanoid AILA to investigate robotics control, cognition, and learning in real-world environments. The goal is to use AILA to explore systems with increasing complexity, in terms of both mechanisms and algorithms. Among the upgrades planned for AILA is giving it something it still doesn't have: a pair of legs.