How Disney Packed Big Emotion Into a Little Robot

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How Disney Packed Big Emotion Into a Little Robot

Post by BenjaminLinus » Wed Oct 11, 2023 4:25 am

Melding animation and reinforcement learning for free-ranging emotive performances.

On Wednesday, at the 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), in Detroit, a Disney Research team presented a brand new robotic character during their evening keynote address. The adorable robot packs an enormous amount of expression into its child-size body, from its highly expressive head and two wiggly antennae to its stubby little legs. But what sets this robot apart from other small bipeds is how it walks—it’s full of personality, emoting as it moves in a way that makes it seem uniquely alive.

Programming robots to move in emotive ways is something that Disney is an expert in, going as far back as 1971, with its...

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