Researchers and developers: Microsoft shares open source system for training robots, drones and other autonomous gadgets to move safely

Microsoft AIRO group

Microsoft AIRO group on January 24, 2017.(Photography by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

Microsoft researchers are working on a new set of tools that other researchers and developers can use to train and test robots, drones and other gadgets for operating autonomously and safely in the real world. A beta version is available on GitHub via an open source license.

It’s all part of a research project the team dubs Aerial Informatics and Robotics Platform. It includes software that allows researchers to quickly write code to control aerial robots and other gadgets and a highly realistic simulator to collect data for training an AI system and testing it in the virtual world before deploying it in the real world.

Ashish Kapoor, a Microsoft researcher who is leading the project, said they hope the tools will spawn major progress in creating artificial intelligence gadgets we can trust to drive our cars, deliver our packages and maybe even do our laundry.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff