The artificial intelligence and robotics lab here at Connecticut College supports exciting and innovative research on artificial intelligence, robotics, cognitive science and genetic algorithms.

Facilities include standard UNIX and PC labs as well as specialized labs in robotics, networks, virtual reality and digital signal processing.

Virtual reality and signal processing lab

Students who are in advanced courses or who are doing research projects have access to this lab, which is also a part of the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. Current research in robotics includes student-faculty projects on colony robotics, learning walking patterns for six-legged robots using cyclic genetic algorithms to generate gaits for hexapod robots, and more. Facilities include:

  • High-end graphics
  • PCshead-mounted displays
  • 3D trackers
  • Force feedback devices
  • Spatialized audio devices
  • Software for producing high-end animations and graphics.

The Connecticut College robot colony

The robotics lab is equipped with Sun workstations, PCs, robots, and overhead cameras. A unique space where experimentation in robot cooperation, coordination and emergent behaviors can take place, the 8x8-foot robot colony space was constructed in the artificial intelligence and robotics lab to set up the learning system environment. The focus of the research conducted is on learning techniques used in artificial intelligence and their application to learning the control of legged robots.

Although other universities and colleges have developed colonies, few have legged robots, and none of these have this College's means of providing a continuous power supply.